STOCKHOLM Built between 1626 and 1628, the Vasa was a Swedish warship that has become an important icon of that nation’s history. After its fateful demise on August 10, 1628, the warship was submerged underwater after making it a mere 1300 meters into its maiden voyage. After most of the Vasa’s valuable bronze cannons were salvaged in the 17th century by treasure hunters, the ship faded into obscurity. However, the warship re-emerged in a busy shipping lane just outside Stockholm harbour in the early 1950s.
Soon after the legendary warship was recovered in 1961, with its hull largely intact and most of its remaining structure in a fairly good shape, the ship was given shelter in a temporary museum named after the ship called Wasavarvet, meaning “The Vasa Shipyard.” A bit lit the Mary Rose!
I visited it in 1964 when they were still spraying it with preservative to force the water out of the timbers. I'd really like to go back a see it in such pristine condition.