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Rare cannons to be salvaged from shipwreck

Published torsdag 11 juli 2013 kl 15.54

Investigations into a Middle Age shipwreck in the Baltic will be concluded this weekend when two unique cannons are to brought up from the ship, "Mars". One of cannons is a falconet, a small cannon developed in the 16th Century. Although it was designed for use on land, it was also used for defence of naval vessels. Falconets have never been found in Sweden before.

The mythical warship Mars is a flagship of King Erik XIV from the year 1564, and is lying 70 metres under the sea surface off the northern tip of the Öland island.

The ship is both older and bigger than the more famous Vasa, which rests in a museum in Stockholm. Interest for the ongoing marine archeological inspection is high, and deep sea divers and researchers from all over the world are on site, write TT News Agency.

The Mars went down in 1564, after a battle with ships from Denmark and Lübeck. She was boarded, caught fire, and exploded. The wreck was found in 2011.

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