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Vasa II

I am just studying the excellent book "Vasa I".
What are the plans for "Vasa II"?
I hope it will be published in the near future.
(Perhaps others have asked the same question)
Tommy J.

Comments

  • Hi Tommy,

    We are currently working with the publisher on the layout of Vasa II, which will cover how Vasa was rigged and sailed. It will be even bigger than Vasa I, and will appear in two parts.

    Fred
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Excellent!!!
    I look forward to read that.
    And perhaps I will find an answer to how the steerage of Vasa was managed, with helmsman and rudder, and the use of all the sails.
    There must have been an officer responsible for it all, and the question is where he was positioned.
    Tommy J.
  • Hi Tommy,
    The most likely place for the con (officer commanding and giving steering orders) was at the forward edge of the quarterdeck, or directly in front of the break in the deck. From both positions he would have a good view over the ship and rig, and could shout commands to the steersman. The steersman can see the compasses and the sails from his position, but not the horizon, so someone else has to maintain a watch at the bow and report hazards back to the con (this is still a legal requirement on merchant ships). We have the same system on Kalmar Nyckel, which has the same rig and steering as Vasa, and it works quite well once the steersman gets used to handling the whipstaff.

    The con has responsibility for both sail changes and steering, and would work with the warrant officers to make changes, setting or striking sails, etc. The captain may con the ship himself, or he will often delegate to one of the watch commanders (a lieutenant on Vasa).

    Fred
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • I too would love to know when vasa 11 will be available.  Could we be e mailed when it has been published?

    I have started to build the De Augostini model.  I saw the ship when I was about 14 and remember it vividly with all the hoses constantly spraying it.  I visited it again a couple of weeks ago, when I was on a Balic cruise.  It never fails to inspire you.  I bought Vasa 1 and am reading it with great interest.  It is an amazing volume.  I cant wait for the next volume.
    ken
  • Hi Ken!
    We will announce on the museum's website when Vasa II appears, there should be plenty of publicity!
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Hi Fred,

    Is there any update on the publication of Vasa 2?

    Ken.
    ken
  • Hi Ken,
    We have begun working with the publisher on layout and delivery of text and illustrations at last, and hope to be printing sometime in mid-2019.

    Fred
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Is there any update on Vasa 2?
    kenneth emmerson
  • Hi Kenneth,
    No real news on Vasa 2 at the moment, other than we are working on layout and hope to be printing this year. We will be sure to announce widely when the book will appear!
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Many thanks.  Looking forward to its publication. I am building the  de augostini model of the Vasa at present and would welcome  the new volume.


    ken

    ken emmerson
  • Good to hear, Ken. We helped develop the model. Hope we get the book out before you get to the rigging!
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Unfortunately I am waiting to start pack 11 and the rigging begins towards the end of it.  Pack 12 is full of rigging and I should get that sometime next month.  Would you like to see a few pictures of the progress to date?

    Ken.
    kenneth emmerson
  • Hi Ken,
    I would be very interested to see how you are coming along. As I recall from the instructions, there are no issues with the early parts of the rigging, but you are welcome to contact me if you have questions.

    You could join the forum for people building models of Vasa at http://warshipvasa.freeforums.net/, which is also a good place to post pictures of you progress and get feedback from other modelers.
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Hi Fred,
    I am building the DiAgostini Vasa and it's soon time to start the rigging.
    The shrouds and ratlines are supposed to be black, which they would have been if heavily tarred I suppose.
    But is that how they really were?
    Or should they be more "rope"-coloured, with less tar used?
    Perhaps nobody knows for certain.
    Looking forward for the second book about Vasa.

    Yours,
    Tommy Jonason
    Tommy Jonasson
  • Hi Tommy,
    The standing rigging found with the ship was lightly tarred, and so would have been bronw in color. As the ship aged, and more layers of tar were applied, the older parts of teh rig would gradually get darker, becoming black. The convention in ship models is to show the standing rigging black, to represent the tar, but it is not entirely realistic. If you want to show Wasa as a new ship, then the standing and running rigging would not be very different in color.
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Hi all,
    I also built the model space's Vasa.
    It's a real pleasure to see my Vasa growing up.

    I specially appreciate pictures of the real Vasa and of the big model in your museum.
    Modelspace forgot many details (it was the same with the Sovereign of the seas I built before) and my goal is to be as close to the reality as possible.
    Do you now if a book about Vasa has been translated into french ?

    I hope I could visit the Vasamuseet after covid ... what a dream to see it in real !!
    Best regards
    Marc
    Marc Dazin
  • Dear Marc,

    I am not aware of any French translations of our recent books, I am sorry to say, and we do not currently have plans for French versions of our main academic series. However, if a French publisher were interested, we would be happy to cooperate. Our short work (about 50 pages) which provides a general introduction to the ship, is available in French, but I do not think that it would help much with a model project.

    With best regards,
    Fred Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Good evening

    Is there any progress on Vasa II ?

    I visited the museum last year and have been fasinated by your magnificent book Vasa I.

    I hope there will be a Vasa II (III  IV etc etc )  soon

    yours truly

    Pascal Nevelsteen

    Pascal Nevelsteen
  • Dear Pascal,
    Thank you for you question regarding the progress of Vasa II!

    Dr. Hocker has let me know that the book is at the moment in the last stage of proofreading and layout. We hope that the book will be available in the end of this year.

    Kind regards,
    Emilia Booking Office
  • Dear Emilia

    That is great news

    Is it possible to order the following books ?
    The warship Vasa Sculptures by Han Soop

    The Sinking of the Vasa: A Shipwreck of Titanic Proportions by Russell Freedman,

    Transport to Belgium included please

    kind regards

    Pascal

    P Nevelsteen
  • Dear Pascal,

    Please contact the Vasa Museum's shop if you are interested in ordering books.
    Contact information: butiken.vasa@smtm.se

    Kind regards,
    Emilia Booking Office

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