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Video: Warship called 'Cursed' reveals lost treasure

Posted Jul 7, 2014 by Walter McDaniel
Researchers combing the bottom of the Baltic Sea for new scientific information have turned their attention to the "Mars" and the ship has yielded a new discovery of a different kind.
Öland is a place of great natural beauty both in and above the sea. Now it is also a place with som...
Öland is a place of great natural beauty both in and above the sea. Now it is also a place with some amazing treasure.
Arnold Paul
The warship called Mars was absolutely massive when it was first launched. It was loaded to the brim with heavy armament. During the first battle of Öland this fact was used against it. Enemies boarded the ship and set the ammo stores alight, detonating the ship and sinking it to the bottom of the ocean. It still lies near the Swedish side of this large island today.
It received a reputation for being cursed because almost all hands were lost. Only the captain and his second were taken as captives. The deaths of so many can give anything an eerie reputation. Another less likely but no less eerie theory for the curse comes from the fact that many guns on the ship were made from confiscated and melted church bells. Those who believe in the curse think that Eric XIV had perhaps offended God when he used this for his fleet.
The discovery itself was made by researchers and explorers with Ocean Discovery. Their plan is to use photographs, scans and other digital images to study the setup. Due to the advanced age disturbing too much of the ship could damage any items they remove. The few they have safely removed have shown some pieces worth around 30,000 Euros. Ocean currents naturally polish many of these while a layer of filth protects some of them from severe damage. This strange combination keeps some pieces very well persevered.
Discoveries like this give us incredible insights into our past, the nature of the oceans and the impact of time on cargo. Each discovery is not only interesting but highly useful for anyone studying aquatic areas.