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stepping stones of maritime history


In 1983, remains of ships were found during archaeological research in the IJsselstraat in Deventer.

In three quay works placed parallel to the IJssel ship wood was reused as revetments. Environmental finds (earthenware) date the embankments in the tenth to the twelfth century.

Deventer beschoeiing 


Type flat-bottomed vessel/barge 

A fairly complete part of the chine, two bottom strakes and a fragment was recovered from a third strake. The boat fragment of oak measures around 5.4 by 1.1 m. The saved bottom strakes show no welds.

The outside of the chine, on which the edges are attached carvel. The flat parts and edges were joined by crooked wood, which consisted of a frame with a raised branch as the frame part.  The frames were fixed with wooden pins the kim and the hullplanks were also secured in this way.

The pins were fixed with wedges. The seams the bottom gates were sealed between with moss burrow. Moss slats were secured with wooden pegs.

Dendrochronological research of the oak wood gives a logging date in the spring of 990 AD. The wood was from the Ardennes.


  • Vlierman, K. (1996), Kleine bootjes en middeleeuws scheepshout met constructiedetails, Lelystad (Flevoberichten 404/Scheepsarcheologie II) p. 93.
  • W. Brouwers/E. Jansma/M. Manders.
    Middeleeuwse scheeps- resten in Nederland.

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