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The ship that sank ( 300 years before the titanic)

THE VASA

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Hello!

Today Bron and I went to see The Vasa,

Its a ship that on the 10th of august 1628 on her maiden voyage sunk in the stockholm Harbour. The wreck was salvaged in 1961 after 333years under the sea. They put her in a museum and reconnected the broken bits and fixed the ship up however 95% of the ship is original and is covered with hundreds of carved sculptures.

As we walked into the museum I wasn't quite prepared for what we were going to see but it was amazing this ship is huge! It sank because it was too top heavy. I think the king ( gustav) was pretty cranky it sank because it had been the first swedish ship constructed that had two levels of cannons. He needed the ship in poland which was where he was after taking a polish castle.

Any of the ship that had to be fixed with new wood has been left to show you what is original and what is new. The amazing thing is that in the baltic sea there is no ship worm otherwise known as teredo navalis. In other seas it deystroys wooden ships however for some reason it doesn't like the baltic and therefore this ship was very well preserved.

I took lots of pictures but once again we come to the same problem with me not being able to download them so you can see! will try to find somewhere on saturday.

It was a really interesting day. Bron and I walked along the harbour this morning and saw the castle from a distance where the swedish royals live. Its the biggest castle still in residence in the world. Tomorrow we are going for a closer look and to see the crown jewels etc.

well I had better go, it was a lovely sunny day here in Stockholm today there was ice on the ground. Its supposed to cloud up over the weekend and more snow is possible.

xx

Posted by shanmoore 07:59 Archived in Sweden

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