The World’s Most Dangerous Ship Set Sail In 1628, And It Wasn’t Seen Again For Over 300 Years

When King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden ordered the building of a new navy ship, its designers ensured it would be the most deadly in the world. Equipped with specially-built bronze cannons, the vessel’s shot would be almost as fast as sound. As a result, it would be a demonstration of the country’s military might.

The ship would become known as the Vasa, and on the day of its launch in 1628 crowds of people turned out in Stockholm to see it. Presumably, they hoped to catch a glimpse of their country’s prize military machine. However, in a tragic turn of events, spectators would witness a lot more than they’d bargained for.

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