15th-century Baltic warship served as a ‘floating fortress’ for an intrepid king

A 15th-century royal warship resting off the coast of Sweden as soon as served as a “floating castle” for an intrepid king, in keeping with new underwater investigation that exposed cannons, handguns, crossbows and the vessel’s stern superstructure.

The new finds on the wreck of the Gribshunden — the flagship of King Hans (or John) of Denmark till it sank in 1495 — present the vessel plied the seas as a fearsome ship of conflict armed with dozens of weapons and full of troopers.


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