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Easy multicache on Djurgården Stockholm
NOTE: THE COORDINATES ABOVE ARE FAKE
Vasa began her maiden voyage August 10, 1628, as documented from the city ship quay (Skeppsbron), and there was a light breeze from the southwest. She couldn't sail out right away. Her sails were not up until Södermalm; the southern outskirts of the harbor. She had only sailed for less than a nautical mile before capsizing.
This is how it happened: There was a sudden squall, her gun ports were still open having just fired farewell, and when she listed heavily to port, the gun ports sank below water level and water gushed in. It took only a few moments for her to sink.
Vasa sank to 30m below the surface of the harbor and about 100 meters from the shore. Not deeper than that the embellished parts could be seen. Even back then, the harbor was cold water but possibly clearer than now.
To get to the first stage of the cache you need to figure out Vasa’s total length and the ships total number of cannons. The coordinates to the first stage can be calculated as follows:
A=Vasas total length (incl bowsprit, meters
B=Vasas total number of cannons
N 59 19.XXX
The coordinates should take you close to the Vasa Museum on Djurgården. Please pay a visit to the Vasa Museum. It’s one of Stockholms top tourist-attractions !
You are now standing close to a model of a shipyard. The model shows the yard as it looked like year A.
Calculate your new coordinates.
N 59 19.XXX
E 018 06.YYY
The coordinates will take you to Beckholmen, where Vasa was brought after the salvage operation.
Beckholmens role as shipyard has roots back to beginning of the 17th century. The island was used for boiling pitch (beck). Beck was commonly used in shipbuilding. Because of the firehazard, this boiling-procedure had to be performed on an island, hence the name - Beckholmen.
In the middle of the 19th century two drydocks were constructed on Beckholmen, mainly for refitting and maintenance of steam- and sailships. In 1920 a third, bigger drydock was constructed for maintenance of ships belonging to the Royal Navy. At the guard-building, close to the bridge, many conscripts have started their military service during the years. Vasa sank outside Beckholmen and it was in Gustav V’s drydock (the big one) she again saw daylight 1961.
Make sure to take a short walk around Beckholmen. It offers a few interesting buildings as well as the three drydocks.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum