Vasa, The King's Ship. First British Edition in dustjacket

By: OHRELIUS, Bengt, Commander MICHAEL, Maurice, trans.

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OHRELIUS, Bengt, Commander. Vasa, The King's Ship. Translated by Maurice Michael. London : Cassell, (1962). First British Edition. Pp (10),1-124,(2),+32 pp plates. Text Illustrations. Index. 8vo, grey cloth, gilt lettering t o spine. "Commander Ohrelius has written a fascinating account of Vasa, theill-fated royal ship whose maiden voyage in 1628 lasted little more than t wo hours, and was followed by 330 years of silence at the bottom of the waters of Stockholm harbour—a strange fate for a man-of-war built to maintain Sweden's power in the Baltic against the threatened attack by the Habsburg Empire. This seventeenth-century warship is unique, the best-preserved so far discovered to be definitely identifiable, and there is a great deal to be learnt from her. No record of the findings of the court of inquiry, set up immediately after the disaster of her launching, has ever come to light. Resourceful adventurers, treasure-seekers, and charlatans tried for neany sixty years to obtain the booty—it was known that there were sixty- four guns on board and a well-filled treasure-chest. But tools and equipment were very primitive and technical resources poor. Gradually Vasa was left to sinkdeeper and deeper into the mud until she became only a mysterious hump on which ships fouled their anchors. Interest was again aroused a few years ago when her position was rediscovered, and once the decision to raise her had been reached, no effort was spared. Under the auspices of the Vasa Committee, appointed in February 1957, the myriad problems which had to be solvedbefore such an enterprise could be embarked upon, and the setbacks that in evitably accompanied this hazardous work, were stoically met and overcome. On 4th May, 1961, Vasa, raised from the mud which had held and preserved her, was towed into dry dock. The account is excellently illustrated with diagrams and many striking photographs of the dramatic processes that resultedin this technical triumph and of the historical finds ,vwhich bring that r emote tragedy so incredibly near." (from the dj). Ohrelius was public relations director for the Vasa Board, and so presents a privileged account of the great Swedish warship, her history and her recovery. Contents : 1. Vasa,the King's Ship. 2. The Catastrophe. 3. The Court of Inquiry. 4. No Findin gs Declared. 5. Salvage Pioneers. 6. The World-wide Sensation. 7. If and How? 8. The Salvage Fleet Arrives. 9. The Early Finds. 10. Preparations for the Final Lift. 11. She Breaks the Surface. 12. In Dry Dock at Last. 13. TheFinds. 14. The Conservation of Finds. 15. Why Did Vasa Capsize? Tear to bo ttom of title page, foxing to fore-edges, else very good in rubbed, edgeworn and torn, but unclipped, du'stjacket. 25.00

Title: Vasa, The King's Ship. First British Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: OHRELIUS, Bengt, Commander MICHAEL, Maurice, trans.

Categories: 81,

Publisher: Cassell, London, 1962,:

Seller ID: 102802

Keywords: NAUTICAL NAVAL SHIPWRECKS SWEDEN ARCHAEOLOGY VASA SWEDISH MARINE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SALVAGE DIVING,