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Royal Warship Vasa preservation

So beautiful to have in this day and age,
sad to find it will eventually disintegrate over the decades,
just a thought about the preservation of it,
is it possible to “encapsulate it in a vacuum” to remove all the oxygen that may be feeding the action of the Sulphur.
Also will be easier to maintain a lower temperature in a vacuum.
If a capsule is designed correctly, then it will be possible to have an air lock
so a well suited up person may be able to enter the encapsulating device for maintenance if required.
Cameras could be set up inside and on the deck of the ship so visitors can see on a big screen changing images.
Just a thought that came to mind I needed to share, hope this information will be passed onto
the correct person or team responsible for the preservation of such a glorious warship.
I do hope to visit this magnificent piece of human ingenuity.



  • Indeed, exclusion of oxygen would slow degradation rates down further. But as we have seen in recent studies, the oxygen related changes in Vasa’s wood occurred fairly quickly after the raising of the ship as the iron and sulphur contaminated wood was exposed to air and still wet. According to these studies, oxygen related reactions taking place today are slow, and will not affect the wood significantly in the coming hundred years.

    The conserved and dry wood fares well in the stabilised and controlled museum climate. The changes we see, and do research to foresee, will be taken care of through the right dimensioning and design of a new support system for the ship.
    We, too, do hope for you to visit! Start by visiting our web where you find more on our preservation work and much, much more!

    Malin Sahlstedt Conservator
    Didier Linder

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