I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread for those times we need reference of something specific. Someone else might allready have that picture and can post it here, or can take a pic when going to the museum.
I can also sometimes fulfill specific picture requests from our image database. I can't help with "send me all of the pictures you have of the quarterdeck" requests, but specific details are usually pretty easy to find.
Matti, We have some images of the 1:10 model on the museum website, but probably not enough to be really useful. I will talk to the web people and see if we cannot create a page with a bigger gallery. Fred
Here is a website that someone set up that has quite high resolution photos of the 1:10 scale model. You can click on any of the pictures to get a bigger view of it. And a couple show the lion, although maybe not at an angle that Matti would like.
There is not much specific information about flags. The regulations of the 1620s indicate that a ship of Vasa's size should carry five flags and three streamers, but would not fly all of them at once in most circumstances (you got to put it all up if the king was on board). We believe that the streamers were blue and yellow, and that at least one of the flags was very similar to the modern naval ensign, three-tailed with a yellow cross on a blue field, but not the same shade blue used today. Otherwise, there are a lot of possibilities, including the earlier national flag (blue and yellow horizontal stripes), heraldic flags representing important people on board, etc. We have some information about the relative sizes of flags, based on an inventory for another ship. If the relationship between flag size and ship size is about the same, then the five flags and three streamers for Vasa would have the following lengths (sorry about the table tabs not tranlsating):
Item Tre Kronor Vasa estimated Spritsail topmast flag 8 aln (4.75 m) 10 aln (5.94 m) Foremast flag 12 aln (7.13 m) 14 or 15 aln (8.32 or 8.91 m) Mainmast flag 13 aln (7.72 m) 16 aln (9.50 m) Mizzen flag 12 aln (7.13 m) 14 or 15 aln (8.32 or 8.91 m) Ensign 20 aln (11.88 m) 24 aln (14.26 m) Foremast streamer 20 fathoms (35.64 m) 24 fathoms (42.77 m) Mainmast streamer 25 fathoms (44.55 m) 30 fathoms (53.46 m) Mizzen streamer 15 fathoms (26.73 m) 18 fathoms (32.08 m)
As far as I can remember (using my pictures) all hatches are opened in the Museum, maybe Fred can close one and take a picture I am also interested in this detail as within a few weeks I am going to start with this part also
I have to measure a set of hinges for the the replica section of ship side we are building as a target for the cannon copy, so will take a picture then. Not sure how accurate they are, but I will check that too. Fred