Model of a warship, Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
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Located on the island of Djurgården, this purpose-built maritime museum is an extraordinary sight: It houses the massive warship Vasa, which sank just minutes after launching on its maiden voyage in 1628. Raised from the harbor in 1961, it was painstakingly reassembled to its original glory. Head straight to the auditorium to watch a documentary about the salvage, and then slowly meander through the rest of the fascinating exhibits.
A museum centered entirely around a sunken ship sounds pretty boring, but the story of its creation, destruction and resurrection is fascinating. The ship was sunk (on its maiden voyage) in 1628 and salvaged in 1961. Stockholm Tips, Observations & Musings: http://bit.ly/10egiX9
Vasa Ship Museum
The Vasa Ship is incredible! The ship was built too shallow and flat on the bottom with not enough ballast, so it capsized on its maiden voyage and laid on the bottom of the ocean from 1628 to until 1961, when it was salvaged. The water preserved almost every part of it, and the intricate carvings have been restored almost to their original beauty. The museum is centered around the ship, with multiple levels of viewing decks and several other exhibits along the sides. There is also a documentary showed every hour or so about the construction and salvaging of the ship.
I don’t like museums, but this one is definitely worth going to. In 1961 they pulled this ship up from underwater, where it had been lying since 1628. Really great exhibits and the restoration is beautiful.
A Salvaged Sunken Ship
I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did. The Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in Stockholm in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961. Fascinating!