From the bottom of the Baltic Sea, scuba divers scooped parts of the wreckage of the famous 16th-century Mars ship belonging to the fleet of Swedish King Eritrea XIV Vasa. It was the largest war ship that floated in the Baltic Sea in the sixteenth century.
Cannons from the Mars deck will be available from August in a museum in Vaestervik (east coast of Sweden).
– Large water tank is already waiting for the excavated elements. We will be analyzing it in front of the audience – said SVT television professor. Johan Roennby from the University of Soedertoern.
Scientists have been trying unsuccessfully to locate the ship for years. This was accomplished in the summer of 2011, when a group of Swedish scuba divers and archaeologists came across a wreck 75 feet (10.5 nautical miles) north of Oland. The ship was identified thanks to the coat of arms of the Vases found on one of the bronze cannons.
Mars sank in 1564, besieged by a fleet of 37 ships from Denmark and Lübeck after two days of fighting on account of the explosion of dust on board.
Built of solid oak wood, the ship was fitted with 107 guns and carried 800 people on board.
Mars is larger and older than the famous Vasa ship, sunk in 1628 and mined in 1961, which is now housed in a museum of the same name in Stockholm. Therefore, according to historians Mars is more interesting.
Professor Roennby hopes that the ship’s surface to be shipped will serve as a new tourist attraction in the future for a 1: 1 replica of the ship.Tweet