Fun fact: statue of 20th-century Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi, was placed (by SCUBA) on the ship as a prank by students of Helsinki University of Technology the night before the final lift and remains till today as part of cataloged artifacts.
A Swedish led committee prevented Paavo Nurmi from entering the 1932 olympics, on what people, then and now, regard as trumped up charges. (Nurmi had won nine gold medals in the previous three olympics) The affair was dragged out over many months, with the committee constantly ignoring the usual way these things were handled, and the final appeal denial happening at the olympics with Nurmi there to compete.
Finland was mad! They cut off all sporting cooperation with Sweden. And as this prank shows, they have never really forgotten it.
Like the Mary Rose in England, the ship turned out to be an archeological treasure trove, and the museums make an excellent visit.
I had to work in Stockholm a few years ago with some colleagues from various nations at a standards meeting. We visited the Vasa museum and had a great time soaking up the history. But to our modern eyes, the height of the ship looked crazy compared with its width, and we were all amazed that anyone could have ever thought it would ever stay afloat, even back in the 17th century.
By the way, the redundant diagram of nautical terms lacks the one term relevant here: beam, the width of a vessel
For instance, the bit about defining the "terminologies related to shipbuilding" with a diagram with all sorts of very specific labels, of which exactly one gets used later...
The Vasa was a 17th-century Swedish warship which suffered such feature creep during construction that it sank shortly after leaving the harbour on its maiden voyage. In the early 1990s, the C++ standardisation committee adopted the Vasa as a cautionary tale, discouraging prospective language extensions with "Remember the Vasa!" Yet C++ continued to grow, and by the time C++ was standardised, its complexity made the Vasa look like a rowboat.
It was top heavy.
"Henrik Hybertsson just “scaled-up” the dimensions of the original 108-ft ship to meet the length and breadth of the new 135-ft Vasa." "At this point, the Vasa was becoming much wider at the top than the bottom. The ship’s center of gravity was much higher than designed."
And then not a single detail about why would "scaling-up" from 108 to 135ft really disastrously move the center of gravity or anything comparable follows, and there's no any specific analysis of the relevant dimensions of the very ship. So all the diagrams are more the "decoration."
At least is is nicely written that the "political wishes" dominated the construction and that it's not known that the proper calculations were performed.
I don't care that a company with a product is behind that article. It is still a good article. And it is much more open and honest about it than a lot of other articles that we have on HN.
'test was stopped at the ship rocked so violently that it was feared that it would heel'... yet nobody did anything about it.
Nothing new for IT - shipping too early :)
This also sounds typical...