Holy Crap the Vasa is the Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Seen

Today we went to the Vasa museum. The Vasa was a war ship that King Gustavus Adolphus commissioned. It set sail from Stockholm for it’s maiden voyage in 1628 and promptly sank. Very promptly. I think it made it 1500 meters before the wind capsized the ship because it was too top heavy and didn’t have enough ballast. It lay at the bottom of the harbor for three hundred years before they re-found the wreck and raised it to the surface (intact) in 1961. They then salvaged everything, restored the ship, and built a museum around it.

All of this sounds pretty neat. But none of it really can possibly describe how amazing this thing is. Seriously. You walk in the door and are just struck dumb. Photos can’t really do it justice, but I’ll try. You just have to go see it for yourself.









4 responses to “Holy Crap the Vasa is the Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Seen

  • Carl

    OK, pictures of cool ship are cool. But if they build a ship that immediately tips over, it’s not that cool, right?

  • Logan

    Did you see where the water line was? I’ve been there and it’s pretty amazing that they thought it would float at all. Like 8/9ths of the ship is above water.

  • Dan Pinkerton

    Holy crap indeed! This brings back memories of the most amazing museum I’ve ever been in. And 8 years later, they have probably progressed a lot further toward total renovation.

    Did you buy the Musik kring Vasa CD in the gift shop? I did, and I still play it all the time. It’s music from the era, some of it music that they might have been playing at the quay when the ship started off on its maiden (and only) voyage. I’ll burn a copy for you when you get home, if you like.

    The whole thing is a charming monument to failure, sort of like an 100 million dollar museum devoted to the 1962 Mets. Gustavus Adolphus’s most embarrassing moment, fer sure!

  • Dan Pinkerton

    PS: The Vasa Museet has a great website: http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/

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