On This Day

The Sinking of the Vasa

Swedish warship Vasa sinking in Stockholm harbor
Swedish warship Vasa sinking in Stockholm harbor

Historical Context

With her pennons streaming out in the gentle Summer breeze, Sweden's latest showpiece, the Vasa, was towed from her berth on her maiden voyage into the centre of the harbour - where she promptly sank killing perhaps 30 of approximately 150 people.

The ship was unstable due in part to constant changes in her design requested by Swedish King Gustav II Adolf.

Photo Info

Date taken: August 10, 1628
Location taken: Stockholmn, Sweden

Source: The Vasa Museum

Related Events

  • 1628-08-10 Swedish warship Vasa sinks in Stockholm, killing 30
  • 1961-04-24 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged

Related Articles and Photos

Historical Photos