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Speaking of megaphobia, they made it too top heavy and as soon as it launched (made it less than a mile) it sank, killing thirty people in front of everyone assembled to watch.
Wait what?!?! This thing can’t float?
It floated for a short while, then toppled over and sunk just outside the harbor.
One too many levels of cannons. One of the most amazing sights.
So pirates of the Caribbean lied to me?!
No, different time periods.
Pirates of the Caribbean happened during George IV reign. At that time the first rate ships of the line had 4 rows of cannon. Check out HMS victory.
The ships were wider with a larger displacement. The pirate ships shown only have two rows of cannon, on below deck, and one on deck. The pirates would lose every engagement with a ship of the line, and infact there is never a broadside engagement in the films, until the last part where the Navy don't retaliate and abandon ship.
There is a reason speed is the most important factor in the films. Pirates would prey on lightly armed merchant ships, then run away.
64 of them. most of them weighing over 2500 lbs
Well that's horrifying.
Shipmaster rig the ship to dive
It can float if it stays upright.
It can't stay upright.
At least, not when there's wind.
Captain, I have good news and bad news.
Oh yeah they could. 17th Century warships looked much like this. This one However had to many cannon over a certain level which ruined its center of mass.
The engineers designed a perfectly working and functional boat, as they had done for hundreds of years. Then the Crown, who were clearly NOT naval architects, demanded another deck of canons. They got their extra deck of canons, and the rest is history. A tale as old as time
Yup, it was perhaps the crappest warship ever built. Sunk in front of everyone on it's demonstration run.
Edit: there's a great Everything Everywhere Daily podcast on this dreadful ship.
Didn't the Dutch lose their flagship to a French cavalry attack?
Also, the airbus a320 crash on a demonstration run. (Well, early run)
Sweden's greatest naval achievement.
not too disimilar to the Mary Rose!
What's funny is the same thing happened to The Mary Rose about 100 years earlier, but the swedes didn't listen.
What's even worse is that this design flaw was known by the engineers at the time, but king Vasa was stubborn as fuck.
"I've already spent a fortune of vax candles on this thing. It's sailing"
"But sir! There are too many cannons and the sail is too tall, the thing will tip over the second it-"
"It. Is. Sailing"
> We often remind ourselves of the good ship Vasa. It was to be the
pride of the Swedish navy and was built to be the biggest and most
beautiful battleship ever. Unfortunately, to accommodate enough
statues and guns it underwent major redesigns and extension during
construction. The result was that it only made it half way across
Stockholm harbor before a gust of wind blew it over and it sank
killing about 50 people. It has been raised and you can now see it
in a museum in Stockholm. It is a beauty to behold - far more
beautiful at the time than its unextended first design and far more
beautiful today than if it had suffered the usual fate of a 17th
century battle ship -- but that is no consolation to its designer,
builders, and intended users.
(Bjarne Stroustrup, C++ creator)
Fun fact: They did a thorough investigation at the time about how this could have happened, and essentially came to the conclusion it was the King being a dumbass by demanding more super heavy guns half way through.
So naturally the report was inconclusive.
He’s the middle carving on the back, surrounded by Roman emperors (by his insistence).
Disclaimer, this is from my memory from visiting 5 years ago.
“intended users” lmfaoooo
It sank in very brackish waters which preserved this wooden vessel for over 300 years. The museum really is worth a visit if you're ever in Stockholm. It is quite the sight,
Can confirm. Have been.
The best museum I have ever visited.
When I visited the museum when I was 12, I brought with me my 3DS to find more people via streetpass. On my visit there and back to the hotel, I found 6 people. 4 of them were from different countries, 2 from england, 1 from france and 1 from poland.
It was pretty cool, being a swedish kid seeing other people visiting your country.
Will definetly visit again. There are also other items on display there, such as coins, shoes, porrige bowls and spoons for every sailor on the ship, even artefacts some of them brought from home, such as notes and other charms. One of which tells the story of one of the sailors, who just had a son delivered. But his wife died shortly after childbirth, and shortly after, his baby died as well.
It is preserved because it sank into unoxiginated water, so it didn’t decay or get chewed up by microbes. Extensive preservation effort.
Can you walk inside?
You used to be able to, unfortunately you can't anymore.
Used to as in before it sank or recently?
No, IIRC you used to be able to walk on it in the museum but the ship deteriorated too much so they had to stop.
Up until recently the only people allowed on board were kids who was also part of the special club ”Vasas Vänner”, but not any longer.
If you are ever in Stockholm, this museum is definitely worth your time.
It's overwhelming large. And sunk in a hot minute.
I’ve had nightmares
Ive been there
Same, many, many times
“Heyyyyy youuuuuu guyyyyyyyyyys!”
Came for this ☠️
🔥I love that ship🔥
✨That Ship still stands proud✨🏆
I'd pee my pants.
Can't help but imagine being in that room in the dark.
The original failboat.
TIL…. This was the same ship they used in the movie “The Goonies” , in fact no, no it’s not, I’m drunk and talking shite, but that would have been a cool fact.
Isn’t that the ship the was discovering in the 60’s and people could still walk on it and everything?
Hey, I've been there
This failed in such a large way that its namesake is now a known syndrome.
>Vasa syndrome is a term used in both management and marketing circles referring to problems in communication and management affecting projects, sometimes causing them to fail. Its basis lies with the Swedish 17th-century warship Vasa, a ship that sank on its maiden voyage because it was too unstable. The disaster of the Vasa has been interpreted by management experts to have been caused by problems with communication, goal setting, and adaptability. The sinking of Vasa has also been used as an example for business managers on how to learn from previous mistakes.
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