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WASA (VASA) model ship

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 nowadays.

 

 

 

 

This Wasa (Vasa) model features:

  • Scratch-built

  • Double plank-on-frame

  • All parts are wooden or metal

  • Realistic old-looking thin sails

  • Fine deck details

  • Doors have tiny hinges and can be manually opened and closed

41" long x 35"tall x 14" wide.   $2,500   S & H is $150   Out of Stock  
 

For display case, please click here: Model Ship Display Case 

                                              


 

 

"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.
 
Best regards
Philippe Vanderstegen
BELGIUM
Ju
ly 18, 2008

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