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Ancient Austrian war ship found by Croatian diver

150 years old Austrian wreck discovered

A Croat diver has found the wreckage of Austro-Hungarian war ship Radetzky that sank near the island of Vis in Adratic Sea 145 years ago.

Robert Anastasov said the wreckage of Radetzky was found at the depth of 87 metres.

He took no photos of the wreckage that caused the death of 340 people after it exploded but he says he has informed the Ministry of Culture.

"I saw a canon and other parts of the ship", Anastasov said.

The wreckage of the Radetzky war ship may have come about as part of the Battle of Lissa which happened around the Island of Vis in 1866. The battle was a victory for the Austro-Hungarian navy who defeated Italian navy, dispute the former being outnumbered. The sea battle was the first to test out new ironclad ships and one of the last to involve deliberate ramming.

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