Swedish Engineering: Calling All Squints!

Jun 27, 2011 4 Comments by

Sweden makes some pretty great stuff. IKEA, H&M (as I recently discovered) etc, etc. And they have a pretty nice navy as they’ve got a ton of water surrounding them. But sometimes that great planning goes to hell in a handbasket. Example for today’s lesson: The Vasa.

The Vasa was a massive warship built in the 1600’s for Sweden’s navy. It took 2 years to build and then promptly sank to the bottom of the Baltic while still in the harbor on it’s maiden voyage. Evidently the bottom of the ship was too narrow to hold enough ballast to compensate for the massive masts and top sails. Oops!

However, the Baltic Sea is a very brackish sea and therefore doesn’t have the same woodworm that normally populates an ocean. So the ship managed to remain practically intact while upside-down on the bottom. That way when they found it again in the 50’s, they were able to basically put it back together again. Though of course it was a long and drawn-out process that they had an entire film about. I sadly do not remember all the details so just imagine it was hard. And complicated. And stuff.

But then yay boat!

Drew, you totally should have been there! You would have loved it! They still had all the old cannons and stuff. It was like a little (ok enormous) museum built just for you!

And then of course we would have needed Bones and Angela cause they had these:

Tons of facial reconstructions on the skulls of the sailors they found. Along with a description of their life based on the bones they left behind. I would have totally been Kind of this Lab!

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4 Responses to “Swedish Engineering: Calling All Squints!”

  1. Emily says:

    Creepy and totally cool! I love that you called for Squints!

  2. Drew says:

    Oh that is pretty darn rad.

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