Last Day in Stockholm

My last day in Stockholm was great!

We started by going to the Vasa museum after a late start into the day and it was incredible. For those of you who don’t know, the Vasa was a Swedish Naval ship finished in 1628. It tipped over because the hull was not wide enough ad it was top heavy. Only twenty minutes into its maiden voyage, a strong wind hit it the center of mass way too high and it leaned over enough that it started to fill with water and it sank killing 30 of the 150 people on board. It waited under 90 feet of water with 9 feet of the mast still sticking out of the water. The king at the time, who had ordered the construction of this ship, ordered the removal of the masts so they would not be visible and give his enemies reasons to laugh at his failure. He also ordered all but three of the 63 canons on board to be removed so they could be used on other ships because canons were expensive. 333 years later, it was discovered again and hauled up out of the bay. It was taken to dry dock where a building was constructed around it and now it is a  museum. 

It was already late in the day before we left there so we went as fast as we could to the Museum of Medieval Stockholm. When we got there we went in and looked around for 15 minutes before they closed. The museum is built around the ruins that they found and did not want to destroy. It was cool to see what the foundations of the Old City actually looked like and not just see reproductions.  

We then came back to our hotel for a day of travel tomorrow.

4 Responses to “Last Day in Stockholm

  • Gram Walker
    2 years ago

    Your next career could be writing travel guide books. Your descriptions make me want to go there.

  • Lyndsi Bieging
    2 years ago

    That sounds awesome. How hard would it have been to remove those cannons when they were under water and we didn’t have all of the technology we have today to help. Yikes!!!

  • Tom Bieging
    2 years ago

    Rhys,
    I am enjoying the blog. Were you surprised by how big the Vasa was? What was your favorite food in Stockholm?
    Bada

  • Uncle G
    2 years ago

    Sounds like a ton of fun! What an adventure.

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