The warship Vasa was build in the early 17th century when sweden was a great power.
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Background: The warship Vasa was build in the early 17th century when sweden was a great power. She was one of the mightiest warships and, as such, was richly ornamented. A symbol of the far reaching plans of King Gustav II Adolf she was named after the dynasty of the Vasa kings. On the 10th of August, 1628, she sailed from the quay at the royal palace only to heel over and sink before even having left the harbour. This is the fascinating story of the fate that be fell the Vasa and of the remarkable way in which she was re-awakened from here 333 years long sleep in the bed of stockholm harbour.
Onboard Vasa was 64 cannons, all was made of bronze and had a total weight of nearly 80 tons. The numbers of the ships crew and when they embarked is not exactly know. An early estimate of the normal crew for this ship is 133 sailors, and 300 soldiers. ONLY FEW OF THEM WAS SAVED.
All over Sweden, has people now collect money for the rebuilding of the ship, and for the building of a modern museum covering all the many effect brought of from the breed. In 1957 the Vasa committee was formed - and the first salvage attempt was made 1960.
This summer, 1961 the ship was brounh of from the bottom, and is now sailed in a big B O X, made by wood, to the new place, were also the new and modern museum is been open.
There will go many years before it will be possible to bring the old warship out of the woodenbox. The preservation of the old ship will take at least seven to eight years.
The mean time has the money there are collect, been used also to build of this new and modern museum, covering most of the things brought of from Vasa during the salvages project.
Different preservations methods have been tested for water-logged wood from the Vasa. The main principle for this type of wood preservations is to find a suitable water-soluble. The best results so far have been obtained by soaking the object in a water solution of polythyleneglycol added with suitable fungicides act.
Hundreds of coins hitherto have been found in and outside the ship. Probably it has been private property of the soldiers, the ships cash has never been found.