Archeologists Find A Figurehead Of A Sea Monster From A Centuries-Old Shipwreck

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Every water body in the world once was a road taken by explorers and ships. Many of those ships sunk to the bottom where they lay waiting to be discovered by a new generation. This was the case of the Gribshunden. This was a ship that sunk almost 500 years ago and was discovered back in 2015. But what was discovered alongside the ship left researchers and scientists baffled and in awe. They discovered a figurehead like nothing they had ever seen before.

1The weird discovery

In 2015 scientists made a shocking discovery. They unearthed the monstrous figurehead from a more than 500-year old ship. This was no ordinary figurehead as it showed a fantastical creature similar to a crocodile or a dog. They did not know what to make of it until they found out about its origins.

The weird discovery

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2Where was it from?

The figurehead belonged to a 500-year old ship that sank in the Baltic Sea. It was fixed atop the Gribshunden, a vessel that caught fire and sank in 1495. The Gribshunden was the flagship in the Danish King Hans’ fleet. It was their greatest achievement in naval history.

Ship that sank in the Baltic Sea

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3Unfortunately, it sank

The ship did not have a happy ending. It did carry the king on several journeys. But, in 1495 when the king was making his way to Kalmar in what is now Sweden he stopped to conduct some business at the port at Ronneby. It was here that the ship caught on fire and sank to a watery grave.

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4No one knew how the ship caught fire

No one to this day knows how exactly the ship caught on fire. Many have theorized that it was the cargo or the heat. They say that the cargo was set ablaze by the heat of the sun or by someone who accidentally dropped a lit lamp. Thankfully the king was not on board when it happened.

No one knew how the ship caught fire

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5The king was saved but many were injured

The king got saved since he was not on board at the time of the fire but his workers and subjects were not that lucky. They were trapped on the ship and sank to the bottom with it. The flames were huge and the ship began to sink immediately giving people on board very little time to get off.

The king was saved but many were injured

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