The Anonymous Widower

The Mary Rose And The Vasa Compared

In many ways comparing these two preserved ships is a bit like being asked to judge between two great actors, artists or musicians, who is the best.

In some ways to appreciate either, you must see the other one, as I have done in the last few weeks.

The Vasa is obviously more complete and in a better state, due to being a hundred or so years younger and being in the less destructive waters of the Baltic. Compare my pictures of the Vasa with those of the Mary Rose.

One big difference, is that when the Vasa sunk, it was almost an empty ship as it had not been fully victualled, whereas the Mary Rose was a ship full of supplies and artefacts, so it gives valuable insight into Tudor life. The two museums reflect this difference.

In some ways though it is best to almost consider the Vasa and the Mary Rose as two separate galleries in the same museum.  Add in HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, with perhaps a visit to HMS Belfast and you have an almost complete living history of warship design.

In some ways though, those that work on both the Mary Rose and the Vasa are very close and a lot of the preservation techniques have been used on both vessels. If we ever find and raise another ancient wooden ship, we probably have the knowledge and competence to show it to everyone’s advantage.

The design and architecture of both museums may also find applications in other areas of archaeology, where we need to show delicate items.

July 18, 2013 - Posted by | World | , , , , , , ,

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