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Discovery of a 400 years old warship

On April 24th 1961, the Swedish warship Vasa was salvaged. Constructed from 1926 to 1928 for the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, Vasa carried 48 cannons, almost 2 000 pounds of gunpowder and 500 gilded sculptures expressing the power and glory of the king. The ship sank during its maiden voyage on August 10th 1628 because of its top-heavy structure and lack of stability.

After the cannons were salvaged during the 17th century, the shipwreck was completely forgotten for three centuries. During the end of the 1950’s, the entire and intact hull of Vasa was found near the Stockholm harbor. The ship now rest in the Vasa Museum in Stockholm and saw over 29 million visitors since 1961.

This video shows Vasa in its museum, it’s one of Sweden’s most popular attractions. 


2012-04-24