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Wasa Limited 32" Description
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
Historically accurate features bedeck these museum-quality Limited Edition scale replica tall ship models of the Wasa (or Vasa), which are built with the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail. As the grandest warship in the fleet of Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus and built according to his personal specifications, this fighting tall ship of the line salvaged and now displayed as a modern museum ship occupies a distinguished place in Swedish naval history. Now her Limited Edition tall ships model may similarly occupy a proud position in your office, home or meeting room from which to display her exquisite beauty.
32" Long x 9" Wide x 28" High (1:85 scale)
- Built from scratch over hundreds of hours by master artisans
- Accurate scale replica tall ship models of the Wasa
- Museum Quality features not available in other tall ship models under $3,000 or any kit
- Over 1,000 individual hull pieces, with more than 100 carved adornments
- Detailed scrollwork, carvings, beakhead and railed quarter balconies with hand-painting
- Historically correct sails
- Extensive rigging with hundreds of single, double and triple deadeyes
- Realistic lifeboats with oars and numerous other deck features
- Numerous additional deck details such as cannon balls, barrels, rope coils, cleats, etc.
- Individual wooden planks used in plank-on-frame hull construction
- High quality woods include walnut, cherry, birch, teak and rosewood
- Gun ports actually cut into the hull
- Amazing Details, including:
- Planked deck with nail holes
- Authentic scale lifeboats with oars
- Curved wooden staircases ascend aftcastle and forecastle
- Numerous individual cannon arm the ship
- Solid brass cannon fire through actual gun ports
- Cannonball racks, buckets, barrels, rope coils and other nautical items adorn decks
- Lattice grates, rudder chains, wooden ladders and planked steps
- Metal anchors on thick hawsers
- Masterfully stitched, heavy canvas sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
- Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
- Cloth flags fly from masts and rigging
- Limited production run only 25 of these model tall ships
- Certificate of Authenticity individually numbered and signed by HMS Founder and Master Builder Richard Norris
- Wooden display base features four arched dolphins
- Pictured with marble base (available for purchase)
- Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy
NOTE: There is an optional model of the Wasa 32" available without sails for the same price. Simply note at the bottom of our checkout page that you would like the Wasa 32" without sails.
This 4 foot long Wasa model stands out above all others in beauty and craftsmanship. Add this impressive historic ship to your life today!
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Vasa (or Wasa) is a warship, built for Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden 1626-1628. She foundered and sank after sailing only a mile into her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. Vasa fell into obscurity after some initial attempts at recovering her in the 17th century, but was relocated in the late 1950s and salvaged with a largely intact hull on April 24, 1961. She was housed in a temporary museum called Wasavarvet ("The Wasa Shipyard") until 1987, and was then moved to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. The ship is one of Sweden's most popular tourist attractions and has so far attracted over 25 million visitors.
The Vasa was built top-heavy with insufficient ballast and foundered as soon as she encountered a wind stronger than a breeze, just a few minutes after first setting sail on her maiden voyage. Despite clearly lacking stability even in port, she was allowed to set sail. This was caused by a combination of impatience from king Gustavus Adolphus, who was abroad on the date of her maiden voyage, to see her join the Baltic fleet in the Thirty Years' War and the lack of political courage among the king's subordinates to blow the whistle and delay the maiden voyage. An inquiry was organized by the Privy Council to find someone responsible for the disaster, but no sentences were handed out.
During the 1961 recovery, thousands of artifacts and the remains of 16 people were found inside or near Vasa 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 itself have provided historians with invaluable insight into details of naval warfare, shipbuilding techniques and everyday life in early 17th century Sweden. When she was built, Vasa was intended to express the expansionist aspirations of Sweden and its king, Gustavus Adolphus, and no expense was spared in decorating and equipping her. She was one of the largest and most heavily armed warships of her time and was adorned with hundreds of sculptures, all of them painted in vivid colors.