For 450 years, no one knew where the Swedish warship Mars, named for the Roman god of war, sank in the Baltic Sea. The largest vessel of its time went down in a fierce battle in 1564 with more than 800 people aboard. Its discovery in 2011 yielded an astonishingly well-preserved ship, including the seamen who went down with it.
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Legend has it that the ship was cursed because its cannons were made using metal from melted-down church bells.

Read more about the Mars and its legend:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140707-mars-shipwreck-warship-baltic-sea-archaeology-science/

Learn more about the Mars discovery and the project to study it:
http://www.oceandiscovery.org/?q=mars

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40 COMMENTS

  1. the Baltic sea is great for preserving ships. I wonder if warships of this age have been declared graves for the seamen and soldiers who were on this vessel?

  2. This ship was not designed for a simple Caribbean cruise ship. That is not what it was built for. Many American wealthy and movie stars of it's day rode on her. It's like the QM-1 OE-1 and the Normandy. These were called "Ocean Liners" because they were built to cross the Atlantic Ocean and withstand the gigantic rogue waves that will swamp any of these new Carrabin tall cruise ships. When the first time the SS United States sailed the Atlantic to England it was faster than the "Cunard's Queen Ocean crossing liners" and won the title and trophy.

  3. Yea Sure We would really love to thank Exxon Mobile for Researching Alternative fuel's for when we run out of cheap easy & NOT to get oil . It's really encouraging to see that they are spending but a drop in the bucket for research compared to the Massive quarterly Super Hyper windfall in profit's that have been price gouged out of the working people pocket's since the 2000 Bush election that clearly signaled the end of Government interference in the price per gallon because it was on that day that the price doubled and WE the people NEVER heard a word mentioned in the News Or spoken of in Government again .. You might have noticed how many time's The Clinton Administration stepped in to STOP the insane price per gallon increases the greedy NO GOOD Douche Bags in the Petroleum cartel wanted every single time there was a storm Or civil war anywhere oil was evacuated from …. But just imagine the mental impact on people when any company reports 100 straight quarterly Mega profits of say more than 50 Billion dollars .. Now either they have priced themselves into Nirvana or what ? You tell Me ? How is that possible ????

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