After its completion in the fall of 1672, the Kronan, a fearsome warship, was the finest vessel in all of the Swedish navy. In a tragic turn of events, however, the ship was sunk in the Baltic Sea during a storm just four years later, killing almost all of its 800-person crew. It would stay sunk for nearly 300 years.

The mighty Kronan was finally rediscovered at the bottom of the sea in the 1980’s, and since then it has been the source of numerous unbelievable archeological discoveries. Though, it was during a recent dive that researchers found something they did not expect…

When it was finished in 1672, the Kronan was the largest ship the Swedish navy had ever constructed. Sadly, it sank in 1676 during a storm, killing nearly 800 people, and leaving its hull at the bottom of the Baltic.

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