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Why did the Vasa sink?. The Facts. Instability Design changes ordered by the King Two gun decks Increased armament. King Gustavus II Adolphus. What prompted the changes?. King Successful military leader 1611, assumed the throne; “Sweden was a small impoverished country…”

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the facts
The Facts
  • Instability
    • Design changes ordered by the King
      • Two gun decks
      • Increased armament

King Gustavus II Adolphus

what prompted the changes
What prompted the changes?
  • King
    • Successful military leader
      • 1611, assumed the throne; “Sweden was a small impoverished country…”
      • 1632, at time of death; “Sweden ha become the strongest force in northern and central Europe…”

“Second to god, the welfare of the Kingdom depends on its Navy.”

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Why didn’t the shipyard oppose the King’s requests?

  • Shipbuilding relied upon experience-based knowledge, not theory-based knowledge.
  • Shipyard lacked the capability to build such a grand ship.
  • Results of the stability test.
prevention
Prevention
  • Shipyard
    • Needed to put a limit on design
    • More importantly, Needed a process.