The Ship Important dates Vasa sank in 1628 and in 2011 the museum set visitor records! Much has happened in between. King Gustav II Adolf King Gustav II Adolf was the king who built the Vasa. For him status symbols were important - as the Vasa is a... How Vasa was built It took almost two years to build Vasa. Lots of craftsmen were involved in the construction, led by Dutchman H... Life on board The risk of dying of disease was much higher for the ordinary seaman than the risk of dying in combat. The warship Vasa was a fearsome war machine. With 64 guns and 300 soldiers should she scare and defeat the Polish enemy. The sinking After just a few minutes the ship heeled over to port, then heeled again, even farther. Water rushed in throug... The salvage At 9:03 a.m. on the 24th of April, 1961, Vasa returned to the surface. A piece of the 17th century was suddenl... Reconstruction The work to build up Vasa again was a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. The wood in Vasa is 95 % original. Sculptures Hundreds of sculptures on the ship reflect how King Gustav Adolf wanted the world to see Sweden and himself. Books about Vasa Here are some of the books about Vasa - old and new, fact and fiction, for both children and ad... Vasa in numbers Length, breadth, height, draught, displacement, sail area, number of sails, armament, crew. The ship's blog A blog about the care of Vasa and its collections, including research, practical conservation, storage an... Creating the Cannon A blog about the documentation of reproducing the Vasa bronze cannon.