This is extreamly fucking beautiful to me
The Swedish warship Vasa (1626-1628). She was built during a period of tactical transition, between a time where victory was gained through boarding the enemy ship and that where a battle was won through superior firepower. As such, her armaments included 64 bronze cannons and the capacity for 300 soldiers trained in boarding; had she survived, she may well have been one of the more powerful ships of the 17th century.
Though she displayed a lack of balance even in port, on 10 August 1628, the Vasa took her maiden voyage, manned by some hundred crewmen. The small hull and ballast insufficient for the rig and cannon made her disproportional—later, King Gustav II Adolf would declare the sinking a result of “foolishness and incompetence”, though he had approved the dimensions himself. The captain, Söfring Hansson, had 30 or so crewmen run back and forth across deck to demonstrate her crank, or danger of overturning in the water. The ship was towed out, and as sail was raised near what is now Slussen, the wind caught and she heeled to port, then heeled again. Water rushed in through the open gun ports, and the Vasa sank.
The Vasa lay at the bottom of Strömmen for over 300 years before being rediscovered by the wreck researcher Anders Franzén in 1956, and salvaged in 1959. Due to the massive pollution in the Stockholms ström, many of the microorganisms that would have eaten away at the wood of the ship were unable to survive, and much of the ship was intact upon being raised from the bed of river. After some debate, polyethylene glycol was used in preservation efforts (the same tactic used later on the Mary Rose). She was sprayed with the glycol for 17 years, and let dry for nine more. Today the Vasa is a museum ship in Stockholm, Sweden. Conservation efforts are ongoing.
Way to go, Shang…
Kendall’s legs are amazing, they just keep going
jesus fucking christ
my favorite game is called “how many episodes can I watch in one night”
I love the bonus round where you try to convince yourself that you can watch a 45 minute episode in like 20 minutes
the best part is “who needs sleep you’re only 5 episodes away from the season finale”
Magic mirror on the wall, who is the baddest of them all?
how can I not reblog this omg