Scale model of a three masted ship. 1:75 scale Wooden hull. 31.1″H 38.58″L 7.48″W (expert)
The Vasa (or Wasa) is a Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. She was built on the orders of the King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus as part of the military expansion he initiated in a war with Poland-Lithuania (1621–1629). The Vasa was constructed at the navy yard in Stockholm under a contract with private entrepreneurs in 1626–1627 and armed primarily with bronze cannons cast in Stockholm specifically for the ship. Richly decorated as a symbol of the king’s ambitions for Sweden and himself, upon completion she was one of the most powerfully armed vessels in the world. However, Vasa was dangerously unstable and top-heavy with too much weight in the upper structure of the hull. Despite this lack of stability she was ordered to sea and foundered only a few minutes after encountering a wind stronger than a breeze.
The ship foundered after sailing about 1,300 m (1,400 yd) into her maiden voyage on 10 August 1628. She fell into obscurity after most of her valuable bronze cannons were salvaged in the 17th century until she was located again in the late 1950s in a busy shipping lane just outside the Stockholm harbor.She was salvaged in 1961, with a largely intact hull, and was housed in a temporary museum called Wasavarvet (“The Wasa Shipyard”) until 1988 before being moved moved to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.
The ship is one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions and has been seen by over 29 million visitors since 1961 Since her recovery, Vasa has become a widely recognized symbol of the Swedish “great power period”.
Kit includes laser cut wooden hull and wooden strips, fittings set, sails, rigging thread, plan and manual.