|She would not have looked like this for long!|
|depiction of the Vasa going down|
|Another view of the lovely model|
|Difficult to appreciate the size of Vasa from this angle|
|reconstructed and researched figures from the ship|
Vasa was a warship required in the Baltic theatre during the height of the Thirty Years War. The Swedes were in their glory phase. The stakes were high and the country was becoming a major European power. This Empire came crashing down in 1709 at Poltava but for now, the Swedes are the coming men of Europe, championing the Protestant cause but really, building up a trade income for themselves and getting pretty fat on it too.
|waterline shot of the stern towering above us|
despite the upper masts still being visible after the disaster, over time the location of the wreck was forgotten then totally lost until salvaged in the 1960s but some very brave men who drilled 6 tunnels under the hull whilst in full deep sea diving gear. They ran double six inch cables through the tunnels and cradled the ship out of the preserving silt. Very little deterioration had occurred and as the ship was literally brand new, most things survived, even many of the sails!
|Model in the foregournd is 1/12th scale|
|two of the ship's 50 cannon|
|not too much detail has had to be reconstructed|
|can you get the size?|
|Look at the man beside the model beside the Vasa - Perspective!|
I hope you enjoy these pictures. The museum is perhaps the finest I have ever visited.