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Vasa: A Swedish Warship Hardcover – November 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-9173291019 ISBN-10: 9173291013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Medstroms Bokforlag (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9173291013
  • ISBN-13: 978-9173291019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each page is beautifully illustrated with color photographs and images of the artifacts, places, people, and documents....All the visual material reinforces and enhances the narrative to provide readers with a more comprehensive understanding of this warship and her importance in history.

Fred Hocker, an archaeologist and historian, has written a compelling and riveting account of this famous warship. He also spins a fabulous story that brings to life the seventeenth century and the people who built, crewed, and raised the Vasa. He dispels some of the myths that have surfaced over the years as to why she sank, and he explains how guns were cast and battles were fought in this period of history. Hocker understands his principal audience, for his explanations on various aspects of ships and shipbuilding are crisp, clear, and succinct so the general layman can quickly grasp the content. As readers absorb the wealth of material found within the pages of this book, they gain a better understanding of the importance of the Vasa and a king who understood how naval warfare would change long before those alterations occurred.' (Cindy Vallar Pirates and Privateers 2012-01-00)

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The book has plenty of great photos, & very well written.
Life is Delicious!
I highly reccomend this to anyone who has been to the Vasa Museum or to those who have been fascinated by the lore of great sailing ships of a bygone age.
Austin T. Bechtold
This book covers the subject of this particular ship as well, if not better, than anything I've ever read about it.
John R. Moore

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Austin T. Bechtold on September 17, 2012
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The Vasa was my number one "must see" on a recent cruise of the Baltic. It did not disapoint. The huge crowds in the museum were a distraction and hinderance to getting up close to some of the displays and dioramas to get more details on this amazing story of raising an almost 300 year-old ship, and I was eager to get more detailed information. I always like to have a souvenir of special museums and cities when I travel and have found that the books I see in the museum gift shops can be ordered through Amazon.com for less money and without the bother of schlepping an additional item in the luggage.
The photos are great and the back story of the Vasa's creation is fascinating and well documented in this book. When reading the book I was surprised to see in it a photo of an ornate pipe organ surround that I had taken a photo of in a church in Stockholm just before visiting the Vasa museum. In the book it explained how the beautiful carving on the organ and on the sterncastle of the Vasa were done by the same German artisan.
The book also gave me insight into that time period when Sweden was a major world power and that their king had Vasa built to impress and intimidate potential rival countries.
Having spent much of my career as a graphic designer, I greatly admire the quality of the printing, photos and layout of this marvelous book.
I highly reccomend this to anyone who has been to the Vasa Museum or to those who have been fascinated by the lore of great sailing ships of a bygone age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2013
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I am presently building a scale model of the Vasa, and although my kit is not the most accurate, the book has helped me in seeing the differences between the kit and the original. Also, the reading is very interesting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Admiral on February 5, 2014
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Four major, field-defining, nautical archaeology projects took place in the 1960s: the excavation at Yassıada, the recovery of the Bremen cog, the Skuldelev Viking shipwreck excavation and the raising of the spectacularly well-preserved Swedish warship Vasa of 1628. Since its recovery from the bottom of Stockholm harbour in 1961 resources were poured into the ship’s conservation, reassembly (98% of the ship is original) and display in a museum built around her. In 2003 Dr. Fred Hocker became Head of Research and Publication at the Vasa Museum and the focus finally switched to studying the ship and decoding what the ship could tell us of life in the 17th century.

Dr. Fred Hocker’s “Vasa: a Swedish Warship”, is the first comprehensive and accurate account of the history and archaeology of the ship to be published. The target audiences of this book are the 1.25 million annual visitors of the Museum and other people interested in the history of seafaring. The book incorporates the latest results of the author’s far-reaching research program. Chronologically it covers the period from Vasa’s building to the present day. Topics include the intial order for the ship, the strategic context in which the King ordered her building, procurement of materials, the people involved in her construction, the vessel as a warship, its operation, the ship as a floating community, its loss, recovery, conservation and current research. A full chapter is dedicated to the subject of the ship as a symbol; a very important topic, rarely discussed. The book addresses and systematically dismantles widely circulating popular myths that have sprung around the ship over the past 50 years since her recovery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Jacobson on January 21, 2013
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This book brings to life 17th centuary Sweden. It is all the more interesting as we are of Swedish heritage.
The book is full of photos. It not only tells the history of the Vasa but also the story around its recovery and what it means for present day Sweden.
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By John R. Moore on September 11, 2014
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I've heard about this ship for years, but it wasn't until I visited the Mary Rose in Portsmouth, England that I came to appreciate the work and research that goes into such preservation efforts. This book covers the subject of this particular ship as well, if not better, than anything I've ever read about it. Very interesting, and a thorough treatment of the subject.
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Just about a month ago we were in Stockholm, Sweden. We visited the Vasa museum. Amazing story and presentation of the Vasa. Once we returning to America I just had to learn more about the Vasa story. This book did a wonderful job of providing us with more details and pictures that what we learned at the museum. Gary:
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