Happy Birthday day Self! Instead of swimming for 2 hours like I did last year, 2017 will be a little historic celebration for we will meet the world’s only preserved 17th century ship, the Vasa.
Sank on its maiden voyage, the Vasa was lying on the sea bed 32 meters below on 10 August 1628. The blame was placed on the ships designer Henrik Hybertsson, dead more than a year, for the poor proportions. He got sick when the construction started and eventually died barely a year later. In 1920, Oskarshamn, Simon and Leonard Olschanski brothers wanted blow up the wrecks to get black oak and waterlogged wood, for Art Deco furniture. If the authorities would have agreed, there would be no Vasa Museum today. Three hundred thirty three (333) years after, the Vasa Museum left the sea bed and resurfaced making it as a headline for newspapers around the world.
The Vasa in the museum now is 98% original. There are rooms inside that are a replica of what is inside the ship. They have also saved a few original canons installed in the Vasa and are now displayed in the museum as well including the things the people in the ship have used in the 17th century.
This was a great experience, I am not a big fan of museums but this one made itself an exception. The Vasa is a place not to miss when in Stockholm.