Friday 26 May 2023
Story of the Week #7 : The amazing story of the Vasa
The Vasa was a Swedish warship built in the 17th century under the orders of King Gustav II Adolphus. The ship was one of the largest and most powerful of its time, with a crew of over 400 sailors and soldiers.
However, on her maiden voyage in August 1628, the Vasa sank in just a few minutes after sailing less than two kilometres. Several reasons have been put forward to explain the sinking, including overloading the ship with too many cannons and a poor design that made the ship unstable.
Despite the tragedy, the Vasa remained intact in the shallow waters off Stockholm for more than 300 years, until it was rediscovered in 1956. The ship was refloated and restored, and is now on display in a dedicated museum, the Vasa Museum.
The discovery and restoration of the Vasa has enabled historians and archaeologists to gain a better understanding of shipbuilding and life on board 17th-century warships. The wealth of detail on the ship, including wood carvings, paintings and armaments, has enabled us to recreate a very accurate image of the Vasa as she was at the time of her sinking.
Today, the Vasa is a major tourist attraction in Sweden, attracting visitors from all over the world to discover the fascinating history of this legendary warship and admire its timeless beauty.
La découverte et la restauration du Vasa ont permis aux historiens et aux archéologues de mieux comprendre la construction navale et la vie à bord des navires de guerre du XVIIe siècle. La richesse des détails sur le navire, notamment les sculptures en bois, les peintures et les armements, ont permis de recréer une image très précise du Vasa tel qu’il était au moment de son naufrage.
Le Vasa est aujourd’hui une attraction touristique majeure en Suède, attirant des visiteurs du monde entier pour découvrir l’histoire fascinante de ce navire de guerre légendaire et admirer sa beauté intemporelle.