As history as shown, countless ships have been lost to the great depths of the oceans and very a few have been rediscovered. Recently, Swedish archeologists Johan Rönnby and Richard Lundgren found the Makalös, the great Sweden warship that was rumored to be cursed.
Makalös was built in 1563 for Swedish King Eric XIV as a warship for the great Northern war. It led the Swedish soldiers through its wars, being a massive warship with length of 48 meters and was fitted with one hundred and seven guns.
After the ship sunk, rumors spread all over the known world – suggesting the ship was cursed. Since its cannonballs were originally made from melted church bells, done upon command of King Eric, many believed that his hunger to build such powerful ship also brought its downfall.
The Makalös sailed during the war between Sweden and the alliance of Poland, Denmark, and the ancient German city-state called Lübeck that went on from 1563 to 1570. The ship was invincible. It quickly became a legend after winning its first and second day combat against Danish and Germans forces. Historically, it was the first ever warship that was able to defeat its rival ship using only gunfire.
A year after, in the battle of Oland in 1564, the ship burned and sank in the Baltic Sea. So did the Swedish and German sailors, and their treasures onboard.
Finally, after more than four centuries later, archaeologists Johan and Richard were able to locate what remained the famous battleship. It was located 246 feet underwater near the Oland coast. The warship was found in a good condition because of several factors—the low sediment levels, slow currents, the absence of shipworms and the pure water.
Through the years, other ships that were discovered offered little information because most were wrecked into fragments and pieces, but the Makalös, in its current state, might be easily accessed, studied, and observed.
With the advance technology of the present, the researchers were able to combine photos and three-dimensional scans of the ship underwater. The underwater scans produced were considered as almost accurate.
“In the end, I think, that’s the aim of archaeology, to discuss ourselves and the human aspects of a site,” Johan ended.
Archaeologist go lengths to find hidden treasures and artifacts that fits history pieces together. With their help, we see a glimpse of a very interesting and educational past.
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