October 20, 2013

Vasa Ship


       On 10 August 1628, Vasa set sail on get maiden voyage and sank in Stockholm harbor. 
      The wreck was salvaged in 1961 after 333 years under the sea. The reconstruction vessel, 98 percent original, is splendidly adorned with hundreds of carved sculptures. 

Museums are not usually my favorite place. This one was different because it was all about one object. One huge beautiful, slightly overwhelming, old object! 

The restoration and presentation of the ship was very impressive. The film we watched beforehand was informative and  so were the models of the sinking.  You could tell there was a lot of time and passion that went into saving this ship.  This ship is the worlds largest wooden museum object! 

A close up of some of the detail that was ALL over the shop 

The size of the ship was hard to capture in a picture. 

When the ship was made the sculptures all over the ship were brightly colored like these replicas are today.

Grandma with some more replicas. 

Model of how they slowly raised the ship to be restored. 

They found skeletons on the ship. Along with these they found objects that allowed them to know quite a bit about each one. They all had names, why there were on the ship, dental & health reports, social statuses, and ages.  That part was pretty interesting. These heads however, were a bit much. Quite creepy if you ask me! 

I would highly recommend this museum to anyone coming to Stockholm! 

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