Named for the royal house, Wasa was
built to represent the power and glory of the great King
Gustave II of Sweden when the country was the dominant
military force in the Baltic.
Wasa was built to be the most powerful and beautiful
warships ever to sail the seven seas. She measured 220
feet in length, had masts that were 150 feet high, and
carried more than 150,000 square feet of sails. After
three years of construction by over a thousand skilled
craftsmen, she was launched on October 10th 1628.
Overloaded with cannons and gold sculptures, the ship
went no more than 15 yards on her maiden trip. A sudden
gust laid her on her beam-ends. Water rushed in through
the open gun ports and, within a matter of minutes, she
went down in over 100 feet of water.
Wasa remained under water for more than three centuries.
In 1959, the Swedish government spent $3 million to pull
her from the sea floor and transferred her to Statens
Sjohistoriska Museum on the Stockholm waterfront. Wasa’s
more than a thousand sculptures and fragments constitute
the largest collection of mannerist-style
seventeenth-century wooden sculpture in the world. She
is the most popular tourist attraction in Sweden
"The Wasa has arrived in perfect condition. It is a
very beautiful model and I am really very happy with it. You should
congratulate your craftsmen for their wonderful work. If you are
launching new models please let me know.