The beguiling history of Vasa Museum


Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia; the museum belongs to the Swedish National Maritime Museums (SNMM).
What is Scandinavia?
The term Scandinavia in local usage covers the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, but in English usage, it also sometimes refers to the Scandinavian Peninsula or to the broader region which includes Finland and Iceland.

Oil painting showing Vasa’s birth place (ship yard)

What is the history behind Vasa Museum?
Vasa was a ship which was built as the flagship of the new Swedish navy, it was the most well armed ship to date. The armament of Vasa included 48 light cannons, two additional large cannons of an older design, eight “three-pounders” and six large howitzers for use during boarding action.
Many people from half dozen countries spent time from sunrise to sunset as carpenters, sawyers, smiths, mast makers, turners, and a host of other specialized trades to complete the construction of ship.

carvings on ship

The ship construction was completed in a tight schedule under the pressure from the royal court of Sweden. Though there were possibilities of constant danger of capsizing which were found in step by step stability tests, due to pressure from royal court they launched Vasa on its maiden voyage after its completion.
Unfortunately, the ship sank in matter of minutes, in full view of a crowd which gathered to witness the launching, including foreign ambassadors and royal officials. The loss of Vasa was unexpected, the prestige of Sweden had sunk along with the ship in front of other country officials.

A golden ring that may have belonged to Vice-Admiral Erik Jönsson, one of few gold objects found in Vasa


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