The Vasa … the R100 … the R101

  • Arthur M. Squires


A battleship of the early 1600s is a tourist attraction in Stockholm harbor. She must have been a gorgeous sight when she was new, brilliantly decorated with pennants and carved escutcheons and statues of lions and mythical beasts, kings and emperors, Hercules and other ancient heroes, mermaids, cherubs playing musical instruments — all gilded and brightly painted. In making the warship ready for battle, nothing was spared to make her a symbol of the power and wealth and dignity of the Swedish Crown. She is the Vasa, named for Sweden’s Royal House when she was built.


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Source and suggested reading on the Vasa

  1. Anders Franzen, The Warship Vasa: Deep Diving and Marine Archaeology in Stockholm, 6th ed., Norstedt, Stockholm, Sweden, 1974.Google Scholar

Sources and suggested reading on the R100 and R101

  1. Nevil Shute (Norway), Slide Rule, William Heinemann Ltd., London 1954, pp. 40-136.Google Scholar
  2. Many of you will know Shute’s novels — perhaps On the Beach is his most famous. I recommend Shute’s autobiography, Slide Rule, to those who would better understand engineering and how engineers work.Google Scholar
  3. Robin D. Higham, The British Rigid Airship, 1908–1931, G.T. Foulis, London, 1961 (reprint, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 1975), pp. 203-343.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur M. Squires
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  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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