For the holiday season I offer this blog as a bit of light-hearted fun with some industry history mixed in.

This year saw the Betson family on a Baltic cruise that included a stop–off in Stockholm. Having first visited the city 34 years ago I had a dream to see the Wasa. This is the 16th Swedish warship that sank in Stockholm harbour, was raised in the 1960s and put on display. It’s like our own “Mary Rose” except a lot more intact. When I saw it in the 1980s it was covered in plastic sheet and being sprayed with preserving chemical, but now with the preservation complete, I wanted to see the finished article.

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