The Sinking of the Vasa: A Shipwreck of Titanic Proportions

written by Russell Freedman and illustrated by William Low

In full sail with flags flying, the mighty warship capsized and began to sink. 

Grade Level: K – 2  This is the saga of the great Swedish warship, the Vasa. Built to be the crown jewel of the Swedish Navy, the Vasa capsized not a mile into her maiden voyage in 1628—a tragedy resulting in many deaths and great loss. But who was to blame? Award-winning author Russell Freedman explores the history of this ship, and her resurrection from the seas in 1961. William Low’s gorgeous illustrations bring The Sinking of the Vasa to life.

“Underwater scenes depict exciting salvage efforts and include a breathtaking gatefold of the Vasa being lifted to the surface… A richly crafted work of history for upper elementary schoolers.” ―School Library Journalstarred review, on The Sinking of the Vasa

“A magnificent tribute to a magnificent folly.” ―Booklist on The Sinking of the Vasa

“This winning combination of engrossing narrative and evocative illustration should appeal to fans of shipwreck stories, history, and undersea archaeology.” ―The Horn Book on The Sinking of the Vasa

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