Vasa is a Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. The ship was built on the orders of the King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus as part of the military expansion he initiated in a war with Poland (1621–1629). Due to the extra layer of cannons added to the warship, the boat reached about 1300 meters, a gust of wind caused the Vasa to heel over on its side. Water poured in through the gun portals and the ship sank with a loss of 53 lives. During the 1961 recovery, thousands of artifacts and the remains of at least 15 people were found in and around the Vasa's hull by marine archaeologists. Among the many items found were clothing, weapons, cannons, tools, coins, cutlery, food, drink and six of the ten sails. The artifacts and the ship herself have provided scholars with invaluable insights into details of naval warfare, shipbuilding techniques and everyday life in early 17th-century Sweden.
THE MUSEUM There is a museum in Stolkholm dedicated to the construction, destruction, and recovery of the Vasa. Not only does it teach you about the boat itself, but also different types of art and history during that time. It is a very popular sight in Stolkholm, Sweden and I highly recommend visiting it on your visit.