Dressed in protective clothing, King Gustaf Adolf of Sweden - a noted archaeologist - visited the three-hundred-and-thirty-three year old warship 'Vasa' May 9 as she lay in a temporary dock in Stockholm harbour.
GV. 'Vasa' in dock in low water.
SV. Workman on deck spraying timbers.
CU. King Gustaf arrives.
LV. 'Vasa' in dock.
SV. King dressed in protective clothing looking at model of ship.
CU. Model of ship.
CU. King looks on.
SV. PAN..King walks to board the 'Vasa'.
SBV. Ditto down gangway on to deck of 'Vasa'.
CU. King talking to workman on deck.
LV. PAN..King walking on deck.
CU. King amongst plastic covered timbers.
LV PAN. King walking on deck.
SV. King watches opening of old sailors chest.
SCU. Showing old sailor's hat in box.
LV. Wood carvings being sprayed in large bath on dockside.
SCU.King looks on.
CU. PAN of old figure head wood carving.
SV. King on dockside.
LV. 'Vasa' in dock.
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Background: Dressed in protective clothing, King Gustaf Adolf of Sweden - a noted archaeologist - visited the three-hundred-and-thirty-three year old warship 'Vasa' May 9 as she lay in a temporary dock in Stockholm harbour. Her salvage from the harbour bed climaxed an operation begun five years ago.
After inspecting a model of the 'Vasa' as she was when she began her ill-fated maiden voyage from the old city of Stockholm on Aug 10, 1628, King Gustaf Adolf boarded the waterlogged ship and inspected some of the historical treasures found aboard her. Eventually a museum will be built around the ship which, according to Swedish experts, is the oldest of its kind to be recovered and restored.
When she sank in a heavy squall, the 'Vasa' carried a crew of about 130 and some 300 soldiers, some of whom were accompanied by their families. It is believed that about fifty people were drowned.
Attempts to bring the warship to the surface began immediately following the disaster, and continued throughout the seventeenth century. Then they were abandoned until 1956, when amateur archaeologist and diver, Mr. Anders Franzen, made soundings and found the wreck.