National Geographic : 1962 Jan
Ghost From the Depths: the Warship Vasa With my newly developed core sampler, I went straight to the spot and brought up the plug of black oak mentioned earlier. Just to make sure I had not sampled a sunken log, I dropped the instrument again and again over a wide area. Result: more oak plugs. Diver Climbs "Wall of Wood" I went immediately to the Royal Swedish Navy, told of my discoveries and my hopes, and proposed that the Divers Training School be moved to the Beckholmen site. Student divers might as well practice on the wreck of a historic warship as anywhere else, I point ed out, and the navy agreed. Soon a diving vessel, manned by brawny helmet-and-hose veterans and eager young frogmen, anchored at the designated spot. First to make the descent into 110 feet of murk and mud was Chief Diver Per Edvin Falting, who had logged more than ten thou sand underwater hours. Falting's first report from the bottom was not encouraging. "I'm standing in porridge up to my chest," he told me over the telephone. "Can't see a thing. Shall I come up?" "Yes," I said gloomily, "you might as well come up." Then I heard an excited whoop. "Wait a minute!" cried Flilting. "I just reached out and touched something solid... it feels like a wall of wood! It's a big ship, all right! Now I'm climbing the wall... here are KODACHROME(BELOW) AND EKTACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERWINFIELD PARKS © N.G .S.