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Thursday, 13 September 2012


Famed Swedish ship deteriorating fast, study says

FILE - in this April 24, 2011 file photo, the royal warship Vasa is seen at the Vasamuseet 
museum in Stockholm. Swedish scientists said Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 that the Vasa, 
a 17th century warship raised nearly intact from Stockholm's harbor to become one of
 the country's top tourist attractions is deteriorating faster than expected. SWEDEN OUT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish scientists say a 17th century warship raised nearly intact from Stockholm's harbor to become one of the country's top tourist attractions is deteriorating faster than expected.
It's been known for years that the 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 it's happening quicker than previously thought.
Lars Berglund, a professor at Sweden'sRoyal Institute of Technology, said Thursday the strength of wood has degraded by at least 50 percent since 1961.
About 1 million visitors a year admire the intricate wood carvings of the Vasa, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628.
Source: Houston Chronicle, USA.

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