Eerie remains of 500-year-old ship ‘astonishingly preserved’ at bottom of sea

Fascinating footage captures the remains of a 500-year-old ship "astonishingly preserved" at the bottom of the icy sea.

Researchers say the vessel looks like it "sank yesterday" even though it actually dates back to the late 15th or early 16th Century.

The shipwreck was discovered in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden and, incredibly, it still has masts in place, swivel guns on deck and even parts of its rigging are intact.

International scientists have used underwater robotic technology to examine the find.

Dr Pacheco-Ruiz, a maritime archaeologist who has spent more than a decade exploring and mapping sea beds, said: "This ship is contemporary to the times of Christopher Columbus and Leonardo Da Vinci.


"But it demonstrates a remarkable level of preservation after 500 years at the bottom of the sea, thanks to the cold, brackish waters of the Baltic.

"It's almost like it sank yesterday – masts in place and hull intact."

He added the boat dates back to the days of Christopher Columbus and Leonardo Da Vinci. However, the name and origin of the Renaissance sailing ship are not yet known. Scientists have called it "Ok nt Skepp", Swedish for "unknown ship".

Researchers from University of Southampton are assisting in the exploration.

They've found the vessel is older than previous historic findings, including the warship Mars, which was blown to pieces in the Firs Battle of land in 1564, and Henry the VIII's Mary Rose, built in 1510.

Unlike the Mars warship, which had its remains scattered after being blown to pieces, this unnamed, newly discovered vessel has its hull almost completely intact.

And the underwater footage and spectacular photos detail the incredible remains in the entirety.

The imagery also shows other rare discoveries, including a wooden capstan, used to reel in rope for the mast, and bilge pump.


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