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1628 – 1961
Vasa sinks in Stockholm harbour. Since the ship was newly-built and sank in cold, dark, almost oxygen-free waters, the wood is well preserved. Only the outer few centimeters of the wood are degraded by bacteria. Almost all the 5000 iron fastenings holding the ship together corrode and sulphur from the contaminated harbour water enters the wood.