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Sweden's Vasa warship set for make over

Sweden's Vasa warship set for make over

Published: 11 Mar 2011 07:31 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Mar 2011 07:31 GMT+01:00

The ship is housed in a special museum built over an old dry dock in central Stockholm will be given an anti-corrosion treatment and get the 5,000 bolts lodged in its hull replaced, museum officials said.

"We need to remove the iron and the rust from inside the wood and replace

(the bolts) by stainless steel that will not leak into the wood," Vasa Museum head Marika Hedin said.

The Vasa's hull was weakened by the pollution it was exposed to during the 333 years it spent on the Baltic Sea seabed after sinking in the Stockholm harbour on its maiden voyage.

The pollution, combined with the iron of the original bolts and rust, provoke "a chemical reaction that destroys the wood," Hedin explained.

The 5,000 new bolts, made of an alloy of chrome and nickel, will take five years to replace.

Neither the museum nor Swedish engineering firm Sandvik, which is providing the bolts, would say how much the refurbishment was set to cost.

Magnus Olofsson, who is in charge of the ship's conservation, explained the Vasa was built with many layers of oak, and that some of the bolts had to be two meters long, "to keep each piece of wood in the right place."

The Vasa was commissioned by Swedish King Gustav II Adolf in 1625 and was

designed to be the mightiest warship in the world.

It was armed with 64 guns on two gun decks, but did not have enough ballast to counteract the weight and sank just minutes after setting sail on its maiden voyage.

A Swedish shipwreck enthusiast, Anders Franzen, located it in 1956 at a depth of 32 meters.

The ship was raised in 1961, and the museum built around the ship opened in

1990. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in Scandinavia, with 1.1 million visitors annually.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

08:16 March 11, 2011 by Zoolander428
If anyone is interested in materials... the bolts are made from a new grade of stainless steel, specifically developed by Sandvik for seawater corrosion - SAF2707 HD.
08:35 March 11, 2011 by Rick Methven
"the bolts are made from a new grade of stainless steel, specifically developed by Sandvik for seawater corrosion - SAF2707 HD."

are they new or re-conditioned 17th century ones?
08:52 March 11, 2011 by Zoolander428
They're new.
09:31 March 11, 2011 by Nemesis
It is good to see this work being done.

I have visited the Vasa on many occassions.

It is a nice museum. I like the boat trip to the museum as well.
11:25 March 11, 2011 by eltechno
Knowing the difference between styling and design is very very important. Sweden seems to have learned this distinction better than most and Wasa has been an especially good example to learn from.

Glad to see she is getting new and improved Swedish bolts!
15:17 March 11, 2011 by Swedesmith
A national treasure! Good to see it preserved.
19:15 March 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Has anybody ever prposed builing a new Vasa with the correct ballast and sending her out into the world to represent Sweden.
02:39 March 12, 2011 by GLO
Now this is a good proect. Nice......
10:21 March 12, 2011 by Soft Boiled
Pimp my warship! I wanna see furry dice at the wheel
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