Famed 17th Century Swedish Ship Deteriorating Fast, Study Reportsposted: 9/24/2012
It has been known for years that the historic ship Vasa is decaying because of chemical processes begun after it was raised in 1961 and placed in a museum. But scientists are struggling to find ways to stop the corrosion -- and a new study shows the decay is happening quicker than previously thought.
Lars Berglund, a professor at Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology, said the strength of the ship’s wood has degraded by at least 50 percent since 1961.
About 1 million visitors a year admire the intricate wood carvings of Vasa, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628.