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Flag # 215: Mars the Magnificent with Richard Lundgren

This Explorers Club flag expedition is headed by Club Fellow Richard Lundgren along with Leigh Bishop and includes two other Club Fellows - Jarrod Jablonski and Tomasz Stachura. The team has discovered a remarkably well preserved warship: the Mars, once the pride of the Swedish navy. On May 31st, 1564, the Mars was defeated “while engaged with a Danish force allied with soldiers from a German city called Lübeck.” The divers also had to contend with historical rumors of a cursed treasure - hearsay that originated from the belief its 130 cannons were made from melted church bells. You can read more in Jane J. Lee’s Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard on NationalGeographic.com.

Richard Lundgren and Club Flag #215 on the wreck of the Mars

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