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Introduction, The Vasa Museum
In the early 17th century, Sweden was busy building an empire around
the Baltic Sea in northern Europe. A strong navy was essential. During
the 1620s Sweden was at war with Poland. In 1625 the Swedish king
Gustavus Adolphus ordered new warships. Among them the Vasa.
Details, The Vasa Museum
The Vasa was built at the Stockholm shipyard by Henrik Hybertsson -
an experienced Dutch shipbuilder. His experience was much needed
as the Vasa was to be the mightiest warship in the world, armed with
64 guns on two gundecks.
In 1628 the ship was ready. Sunday August 10 was the day of the
Vasa's maiden voyage. The beaches around Stockholm were filled with
spectators, among them foreign diplomats. The maiden voyage was
to be an act of propaganda for the ambitious Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus.