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This Swedish King Built a Warship That Redefined Naval Combat

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This Swedish King Built a Warship That Redefined Naval Combat

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In the 1560s, Eric XIV of Sweden was determined to change the way naval battles were fought. The result was Mars: a giant of a warship that would rely on artillery and firepower to devastate her rivals.

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It was a 16th century floating behemoth commissioned by Erik XIV of Sweden to help seize control of the profitable trade routes in the Baltic Sea. The legendary warship, Mars the Magnificent, met its match in what is considered history's first modern naval battle. After centuries of searching, a team of scientists and researchers have found the wooden ship 250 feet below the surface of the chilly Baltic waters, revealing the discovery of a lifetime.

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