The wrecked Swedish warship "Vasa" was brought to the surface in Stockholm harbour, April 24.?
The wrecked Swedish warship "Vasa" was brought to the surface in Stockholm harbour, April 24. It had been buried in the mud there for more than 330 years; and is in a good state of preservation.
Eventually, a museum will be built around the ship - according to Swedish experts, it is the oldest of its kind to be recovered and returned.
The "Vasa" was lost soon after starting her maiden voyage from the old city of Stockholm on August 10, 1628. A heavy squall sweeping down from the hilly southern part of the country made her list, and water started to fill the ship through the open gunports. A crew of about 130 and some 300 soldiers - some of whom were accompanied by their families - were on board; and it is believed that about 50 people were drowned.
Various salvage attempts were made during the seventeenth century, but without success. No one paid any further attention to the ship until another archaeologist and diver (Anders Franzer) came upon it in 1956. This April 24, she was raised in a cradle of cables passing under her keel. She may contain treasures of old.