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388--Sweden (Svierge):The sinking of the warship Vasa
@ Site News     Jul 04 2007 - 12:06 PST
The Vasa is a 17th century warship that sank on her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628.

The Vasa is a 17th century warship that sank on her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628.

cherie writes: The 17th century warship Vasa was removed from the depths of Stockholm’s harbor in 1961. The only intact ship of her kind, the Vasa now has her own museum dedicated to telling the remarkable story of her dramatic sinking on her maiden voyage.

The Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus ordered the Vasa warship to be built in 1625. With an armament of 64-guns the Vasa could hold a crew of 445 men. With a total length of 69 meters (including the bow-sprit) the Warship Vasa must have been a sight to see when she was first splashed on August 10, 1628.

After the Vasa fired a salute to the cheering spectators, she heeled to a gust of wind. Water gushed into the open gunports and in a matter of minutes, the Vasa sank. An estimated 30 to 50 passengers died when she sank; twenty-five skeletons were found when the ship was salvaged in 1961. The Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum) is Sweden’s most popular museum.
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