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Corel's Wasa
Length 35" Height 27" Scale 1:75

The legend: In the 17th century the King of Sweden commissioned his country's finest warship. During construction, he insisted that the ship be fitted with a second row of cannon on both sides. The builders knew this would make it top-heavy, but no one dared argue with the king. The Wasa sunk 20 minutes after her launch in 1628. Raised in 1956 and completely restored, she now rests in the Stockholm Naval Museum.

The Reality: Wasa is a Swedish warship built 1626-1628. The ship foundered and sank after sailing less than a nautical mile into its maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. It fell into obscurity after most of its valuable bronze cannons were salvaged in the 17th century. After it was located again in the late 1950s in a busy shipping lane just outside the Stockholm harbor, it was salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961. It was housed in a temporary museum until 1987 and then moved to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. The ship is one of Sweden's most popular tourist attractions and has been seen by over 29 million visitors since 1961.

Corel's Wasa