Features of this Wasa model ship:
- Overall dimensions of the model are 95cm L x 20cm W x 78cmH 1:72 Scale
- This replica is fully assembled and ready to display (NOT a kit)
- Entirely hand built by using individual wooden planks in hull construction
- We use the high quality wood in constructing and ensuring the model will withstand climate change such changes in humidity and temperature.
- Cannons, musket, anchors, decorative fixtures and intricate details are sculpted metal
- Gun ports actually cut into the hull
- Lattice grates, rudder chains, wooden ladders and planked steps
- Realistic lifeboats with oars and numerous other deck features
- Sails are handmade with fine linen and rigging lines that vary in texture
- Handcrafted according to scale through original plans and pictures.
- This model comes with a solid wood base, a metal name plate and the history of the Wasa ship.
Vasa (or Wasa) is a warship, built for Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden 1626-1628. She foundered and sank after sailing only a mile into her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. Vasa fell into obscurity after some initial attempts at recovering her in the 17th century, but was relocated in the late 1950s and salvaged with a largely intact hull on April 24, 1961. She was housed in a temporary museum called Wasavarvet ("The Wasa Shipyard") until 1987, and was then moved to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. The ship is one of Sweden's most popular tourist attractions and has so far attracted over 25 million visitors.
The Vasa was built top-heavy with insufficient ballast and foundered as soon as she encountered a wind stronger than a breeze, just a few minutes after first setting sail on her maiden voyage. Despite clearly lacking stability even in port, she was allowed to set sail. This was caused by a combination of impatience from king Gustavus Adolphus, who was abroad on the date of her maiden voyage, to see her join the Baltic fleet in the Thirty Years' War and the lack of political courage among the king's subordinates to blow the whistle and delay the maiden voyage. An inquiry was organized by the Privy Council to find someone responsible for the disaster, but no sentences were handed out.
During the 1961 recovery, thousands of artifacts and the remains of 16 people were found inside or near Vasa by marine archaeologists. Among the many items found were clothing, weapons, cannons, tools, coins, cutlery, food, drink and six of the ten sails. The artifacts and the ship itself have provided historians with invaluable insight into details of naval warfare, shipbuilding techniques and everyday life in early 17th century Sweden. When she was built, Vasa was intended to express the expansionist aspirations of Sweden and its king, Gustavus Adolphus, and no expense was spared in decorating and equipping her. She was one of the largest and most heavily armed warships of her time and was adorned with hundreds of sculptures, all of them painted in vivid colors.