In 1625, King Gustav II Adolph of Sweden ordered his people to build the greatest warship ever. Three years later, the set sail.
Costing the King a fortune, it was a magnificent sight with a 50 meter (164 ft) mast, colorful paintings, 2 gun decks and 64 bronze cannons. However, due to the hurried building (the Danish king was also building a large warship…) the Vasa was actually extremely unstable in the water and sank after not even having sailed for 1 mile. Oops.
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By Nick Lott (Nicklott 19:15, 20 Apr 2005 (UTC)) (Own work) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons