By Anastacia Sampson
Vasa Museum – This museum began in 1990 and has the only 17th century ship, which was salvaged in almost full condition. The parts that were damaged have been repaired or replaced. The stern was badly ruined, yet with much care it has been restored to its former glory as much as possible. This ship, named Vasa, was a 64 gun ship which capsized in 1628.
The weather on that day, 10 August,in 1628 was calm. The ship was leaving a harbour from Stockholm. Part of the reason of the capsizing is linked to it carrying heavy cannons on its gun decks. There were 64 bronze cannons;of these more than 50 were salvaged in the 17th century. Currently the Vasa Museum displays three of these heavy weighing cannons. The sinking Vasa took the lives of about 50 on-board sailors with it. Only the guns were rescued and bought to surface.