The Vasa from the Bow, Vasa Museum - Stockholm
The Vasa Museum is Scandinavia's most visited museum, located in Stockholm, capital of Sweden. The Museum was inaugurated in 1990.In the large shiphall stands the warship Vasa - the only remaining,intact 17th century ship in the world.
In the early 17th century, Sweden was busy building an empire around the Baltic Sea in northern Europe.
A strong navy was essential. During the 1620s Sweden was at war with Poland. In 1625 the Swedish king
Gustavus Adolphus ordered new warships. Among them the Vasa.
In 1628 the ship was ready. Sunday August 10 was the day of the Vasa's maiden voyage. The beaches around Stockholm were filled with spectators, among them foreign diplomats. The maiden voyage was to be an act of propaganda for the ambitious Swedish king Gustavus
The Vasa set sail and fired a salute. But only after a few minutes of sailing the ship began to heel over. She righted herself slightly - and heeled over again. Water started to gush in through the open gunports. And, to everyones horror and disbelief, the glorious and mighty warship suddenly sank! Of the 150 people on board, 30-50 died in the disaster. When Vasa had been salvaged in 1961, archaeologists found the remains of 25 skeletons.
Why did the Vasa sink?
Deep down in the Vasa several tons of stone were stored as ballast.They were meant to give the ship stability. However, the main reasonfor the Vasa capsizing was that the ballast was not enough as
counterweight to the guns, the upper hull, masts and sails of the ship.
Discovery and Salvaging:
On April 24 1961, the warship Vasa broke the surface of Stockholm´sharbour after 333 years on the sea bottom. At that time the "Vasa adventure" had been going on for five years. After many years of hard
work the shipwreck-specialist Anders Franzén finally found the Vasa in1956. He quickly found support for the idea of salvaging the ship.
The Vasa was located 30 metres beneath the surface.
At 9.03 on April 24 1961 the proud royal warship Vasa broke surface. The first to go on board was Anders Franzén and Per Edvin Fälting. During that summer the ship was excavated by archaeologists. An untouched part of the 17th century had warped into the 20th century! (Source: Vasa Museum)
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dkmurphys (47690) 2012-05-14 2:41
Nice detail of that spectacular old ship. I like the warm light, very attractive shot.
timecapturer (46547) 2012-05-14 2:42
excellent indoor shot of this 17th century masterpiece. Fascinating detail and your POV gives us a great sense of its size and beauty. Wonderful!
Have a great week - regards Brian.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-05-14 2:55
A very interesting note about the warship Vasa. The image presents a very good detail about this 17th century masterpiece. The glittering colors make it more beautiful. The visitors on the left give a scale to this enormous ship.
joso (2417) 2012-05-14 3:14
hi György, szia
I'd like to write useful, useful, useful for the note...
well put in scene, the visitors good for the scale
Royaldevon (27611) 2012-05-14 3:23
Good Morning George,
A very different type of shot from your normal ones.
It is a very special ship and your details show its fine preservation, whilst the figures, in the b/g, show its immense size.
What do they use to preserve the fabric of the ship? I'm sure it would have a tendancy to disintegrate without some special preservative.
Have a lovely day,
ChrisJ (95188) 2012-05-14 3:26
Another fine shot of this interesting old ill-fated shipwreck that sank on its maiden voyage. Difficult light has been well handled & sharpness is superb. I like the warm golden colors. Nice graphism & the people at the viewing platform at left add scale. Tfs!
mohammad_H (8919) 2012-05-14 3:33
نمایش زیبا از کشتی واسا در موزه
تشکر بابت نوشتن اطلاعات جامع از غرق شدن کشتی
وضوح خوب و مدیریت در نور
روز خوبی را برایت ارزو میکنم
Beautiful views of the Vasa Ship Museum
Thanks for writing information from the sinking ship
Good sharpness and light management
I wish you good day
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-05-14 3:58
The story of the Vasa is captivating. It's great to see the boat as well. The picture was not easy to do. It cleverly incorporates interesting elements of the ship. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day.
Sergiom (56635) 2012-05-14 4:34
Un très beau cadrage vertical qui nous montre bien toute l'ampleur de ce magnifique vaisseau qui traversait les mers à l'époque. Un témoignage du grand courage de ces hommes.
Sonata11 (33203) 2012-05-14 6:29
marvellous composition and framework of this impressively beautiful old ship. This looks spectacurar. Splendid colors, sharpness, clarity of so many details, POV are fabulous. Absolutely well done.
All the best,
SWEETFREEDOM (22002) 2012-05-14 10:23
interesting and characteristc museum, well managed difficult light.
jjcordier (74564) 2012-05-14 22:38
Triste histoire pour ce bateau qui n'est pas resté longtemps sur l'eau. Par contre, son passage sous l'eau semble l'avoir bien conservé et il fait enfin la fierté des Suédois! Une bonne photo aux bons tons chauds.
abmdsudi (41284) 2012-05-15 7:36
A great write up to go along this such a historic subject. Wonderful shot under natural light as she standout in stark contrast in gorgeoous warm tone and nicely placed in the compo.The structure gives it such a great feel, very elegant indeed, the exposure just right nicely highlighted with enough depth and three dimensional sense while the eye is drawn to the intricate designs and details. This is fabulous indoor photographic work, to pe proud off. Congrats.
ashres (1453) 2012-05-15 9:21
Nice shot of such a historic museum. Seems to be a great boat there, reminds me of the "the black pearl" from the movie "pirates of the Caribbean". Wish i had more wide lens to also capture the full fledge picture. nevertheless, its a nice shot with good use of the light available there. nice shot.
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-05-15 11:30
Ola George ,
Fantástica esta caravela neste museu em tamanho original , seus detalhes em madeira são lindos , gostei muito da iluminação amarela , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
siamesa (27733) 2012-05-15 18:43
Boa noite George
What a fantastic photo! Spectacular capture. Wonderful colors and an excellent point of view.
annjackman (18511) 2012-05-16 1:49
A fabulous view of his famous warship. It gives a great impression of the size and I like the detail that you have caught on the bow. Very interesting - TFS.
Silvio1953 (118330) 2012-05-16 9:18
Ciao George, great POV on fantastic old ship, excellent clarity, warm light and wonderfuldetails, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-14 2:35