Sinking to the Harbor's Depths in Stockholm, Sweden
Step inside the dimly lit Vasa Museum in Sweden’s capital and take a deep breath. It hits you squarely — this ship is old! The acrid smell of tons of centuries-old wood transports you to the depths of the Stockholm Harbor circa 1628. That’s when this prize of the Swedish navy sunk on her maiden voyage, only to be discovered, raised, and preserved more than 325 years later in a grand feat of human experiment and engineering. She’s a delicately sculpted behemoth, and a flawed blueprint of the desires, conquests, and culture of Swedish life. Her sheer magnificence made her top-heavy, and to this day no one knows who to blame for her demise. But there's hope for an answer—she still lives thanks to the brackish harbor water that has protected her secrets for so long.