Scale 1 : 75, length 94 cm, width 33 cm, height 72 cm,
several views of the ship model. Click on the photos for high
The VASA warship in 1628
The VASA was one of the large warships built by Swedish King Gustavus II
Adolphus. "Second to God, the welfare of the kingdom depends on its
navy", he said, and used the ships to protect his interests in Europe.
However, in the years 1625 to 1627 Sweden lost twelve major warships due
to storms and a battle with the Polish fleet, and replacements had to be
By 10 August 1628 everything was ready for the VASA's maiden voyage. The
weather was fine and the wind light. On board were around a hundred crew
members, but also women and children. This was to be a great ceremonial
occasion, with pomp and circumstance. When the ship left the shelter of
the inner harbour of Stockholm, she approached the island of Beckholmen
where she was struck by a powerful gust of wind, capsized and sank after
a voyage of only 1300 meters.
Why VASA Capsized
In the treatise by Curt Borgenstam, Anders Sandstroem "Why VASA
Capsized" (AB Grafisk Press, Stockholm 1995, ISBN 91-85268-60-7) the
reasons are outlined, after a careful investigation of the wreckage and
the historic archives. They concluded:
1. Too many design changes during building were made. The VASA was
probably laid down as a "small" ship and completed as a "large" ship,
with two gun decks instead of only one as originally planned.
2. The shipbuilding master Henrik Hybertsson became serously ill and
died a year before the ship was completed. During his illness he had to
delegate the supervision of the project to his assistant Hein Jacobsson.
As a result the leadership on the shipbuilding side was very weak.
Jacobsson had not even been informed that a stability test carried out
in Admiral Fleming’s presence hat indicated that the VASA was unstable.
3. By far too little ballast (only about half of the weight needed, as
turned out when investigating the wreckage) had been put into the ship.
That was ordered by Admiral Klas Fleming, who resented more ballast, as
this would have brought the lower line of gun ports too close to the
water, and the military usability of the ship would have been hampered.
The VASA ship model
several views of the ship model. If you click on a photo you will
get that photo in high resolution. (If you use Microsoft Internet
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larger screen with the photos.)
This excellent model of the VASA is a beautiful piece
The ship's power, the elegant lines of the hull and the impressive
rigging are exquisitely shown in the model.
The model of the VASA is 1 : 75 scale. Length is 94 cm, width 33 cm,
height 72 cm.
The ship model is available at my showroom in Recklinghausen. Please
contact me, if you are interested in the ship model.
Dr. Michael Czytko, Kuehlstr. 31, D-45659 Recklinghausen, Germany,
Tel. +49 2361 59757, Fax +49 2361 29729, email:
If you come by car, it is easy
to find my home.