Friday, November 20, 2009

Vasa Museum

Located on the island of Djurgården, Vasamuseet (The Vasa Museum) is the most visited museum in Scandinavia.

Opened in 1990, the museum houses the warship Vasa - the world's only remaining, intact 17th century ship.

Vasa was salvaged in 1961 and is the largest wooden ship ever raised. It is 95% original.

Vasa was to be the world's mightiest warship, armed with 64 guns on two gundecks. Unfortunately, on August 10, 1628, she had a bad maiden voyage. The ship set sail, fired a salute, and after a few minutes she began to heel over. Vasa only sailed 1,500 meters (+4,900 feet) before she sunk to the bottom of Stockholm Harbour. Vasa remained underwater for 333 years.

Inquiries concluded that the ship had been well built - although, badly proportioned.

The museum was very interesting and the ship is huge. It's amazing that Vasa has over 100 incredibly intricate carvings. Click on these pictures to see them better. More pictures are already posted on Flickr.

1 comment:

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