In the late 13th century, Kublai Khan, grandson of Ghenghis Khan, attempted to expand the Mongol empire with the largest armada the world had ever seen at the time (and the second largest to this day). In 1274, and again in 1281, Khan sent nearly 8,000 ships to Japan with orders to invade. Both attempts were thwarted, however, thanks to severe typhoons known as “kamikazes.”
Now, researchers from the University of Ryukyus believe they have discovered the remains of one of the boats, preserved in sediment 20 meters below the surface. This is the 2nd ship believed to be related to the armada discovered in four years, and they’re really quite fascinating. See for yourself in the following clip!