Vasa: The Ghost Warship
FACTSTORY’s latest 2-part documentary (2x52") tells the amazing story of a wrecked 17th-century Swedish warship, featuring the detective work of an international team of scientists.
A film by Charlotte Notteghem, produced with the support of the CNC, Procirep/Angoa/Région Grand Est/Eurométropole de Strasbourg. Animated graphics: Amopix.
Co-production: SEPPIA / ARTE G.E.I.E / SVT
Documentary direction: Charlotte Notteghem
Script writing: Charlotte Notteghem, Yann Ollivier, Eric Morfaux
DECEMBER 2, 2023 ON ARTE (FRANCE, GERMANY AND ONLINE)
The Vasa was raised in 1961 in exceptional condition, 333 years after it was commissioned and sunk. Today, she continues to be the subject of discoveries: dendrochronological studies have shown that the ship was made of enemy wood, new DNA techniques have established the truth about the sex of a shipwrecked skeleton and the wreck of the Äpplet, the Vasa's sister ship, has been found not far away. These new discoveries provide a better understanding of the reasons for the shipwreck and offer valuable insights into Swedish society and European geopolitics in the 17th century. Today, the Vasa Museum is Sweden's most visited museum.