- Associated Press - Friday, November 8, 2019

STOCKHOLM (AP) - A marine archaeologist says one of two shipwrecks found in Stockholm’s archipelago could be the sister ship of a famed 17th-century Swedish warship that sank on its maiden voyage.

Jim Hansson says divers found the vessels on Tuesday off Vaxholm island, an area where several ships - including the Applet, sister ship of the Vasa - are known to be at the bottom of the sea.

Hansson said Friday it was “incredibly cool” to swim inside a ship resembling the Vasa, which was largely intact when raised in 1961 and now has its own museum.

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The Vasa sank in 1628, minutes after leaving port as the pride of the Swedish navy. It keeled over, lacking the ballast to counterweight its heavy guns.

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