The Vasa

Kofoed

Roenne, Denmark

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The Vasa was built in Stockholm. She is a galeon, and set sails for her maiden voyage to fight the Danes(!) a day in 1628. On the way out between the islands the crew wanted to show off the ship and opened all the gun ports. A sudden strong wind made the ship heel over, water poured in through the gun ports and the ship capsized and sank. There are other theories, however, amongst others that the ship was unstably built.
In 1961, the Vasa finally broke the water surface after 333 years below it. It was quite well-preserved due to the composition of the sea bottom materials and the ideally salt content of the water.
The Vasa was berthed on land, the same island on which she was built, and a museum-like building was erected around her.
She is huge and wonderfully built of strong, northern oak wood. It is truly amazing to stand beside her and feel history speak for itself.
I have seen her earlier, some years ago. The lighting in the museum is subdued because of the damaging effect of the UV light, and wise by error I had this time brought along my tripod, making it possible to expose my sensor for about 5 seconds.

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