Monday, 15 June 2009

The Vasa

Another great day in Stockholm, though not quite so 18th-century in flavour. We saw the astounding sight of the 17th-century warship, the Vasa (above and below), which capsized in 1628 - truly as much a work of art than a fighting machine. Eighteenth-century ships were nowhere near as elaborately carved, but it was a exciting experience standing at ground-level, beneath what would have been the water line, and looking up at the flank of this enormous vessel...

Photographs © Memoirs of the Celebrated Mrs Woffington.

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