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A second barge fragment was found close to Deventer 1 (4.5 by 2.4 meters). The fragment consists of a wide bilge board (70 to 75 cm) with a beveled thickening.

The Deventer 2 after cleaning.

There is a remainder of planking attached at the chine. Seven fasteners and two pinewood trusses remain from the attachment. One of the frames is extra robust with a recess for a mast base. The bottom was probably carvel built. A repair piece has been applied in the buttock area with iron nails.

The cross-section of the chine shows that half of a 1.5 m thick tree has been used. The oak wood frames consists of a broad (trunk) surface with an upright side branch as a truss. The seams are embossed with moss and secured with iron (sintel) nails.


Type: barge

The Deventer II shows traces of long-term use. The overall finish and the moderate quality of the used wood (a lot of sapwood) indicates that the ship was made quickly. The ship probably burned out.

The remains were used for quay protection. Dendrochronology gives a cutting date for the wood delivered around 1035. The wood came from the Ardennes.


  • Vlierman, K. (1996), Kleine bootjes en middeleeuws scheepshout met constructiedetails, Lelystad (Flevoberichten 404/Scheepsarcheologie II).

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