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fiasco colossale

Sweden has a reputation as a nation of ship-builders. It's pretty ironic that one of the most spectacular failures in the construction of maritime vessels has turned into a huge tourist attraction of ours. We didn't have a leaning tower so we built a glorious and mighty warship which immediately sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa Museum is constantly among the most popular places to visit in town and, in fact, the most popular museum in all of Scandinavia.
Dryga tre sekler på 18 famnars djup, sedan detta spektakel...
andra om stockholm djurgården museum

Vasamuseet (map) 13 Jan 2008


gizelle said...

Very neatly done! at least this part. It's good that the ship is still there an not under the sea, or?

Steffe said...

They found another fiasco colossale at Dalarö a few years ago. It was made public last year. Said to be unique. Picture here.

Tinsie said...

I really enjoyed my visit to the Vasa Museum. So what if it sank so unceremoniously? It makes a cracking story ;-)

Per Stromsjo said...

It's a great gift to this generation of course, Gizelle, that the ship was brought to the surface. It's also a big gamble. Vasa was surprisingly well preserved at the bottom of the sea and now we must take care of the preservation.

Steffe: Interesting link, this entire region is a giant history book for anyone who cares to read it.

Tinsie: It is a remarkable story and a tragic one as well. I have no idea how many of the crew were saved but I imagine procedures for sea rescue weren't all too sophisticated in those days.

Thanks all for commenting.

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