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stepping stones of maritime history

Description

The wreck fragment was preserved to a length of 13.5 metres and a width of 3 metres, representing a flat-bottomed vessel typical for the Wadden Sea. The surviving fragment featured floor-timbers, flush-laid bottom-planks, some ceiling planks and several knees, and iron concretions of the fasteners.

Brick stones were discovered both in the stern section, still stacked together as originally stowed away, and also scattered in the wreck's vicinity.

While a sample taken for a dendrochronological analysis could not be successfully dated, an approximate typological date could be inferred from the bricks' format, indicating a date between the late 19th to the mid-20th century.

Status

In autumn 2007, a wreck was reported to the authorities by yachtsmen. It was situated at the edge of a tidal creek and only accessible at low tide. The responsible regional branch in Oldenburg of the Lower Saxony State Office for Monument Preservation (NLD: Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege) investigated the site in May 2008 in collaboration with the German Maritime Museum and the Waterways and Shipping Office of Wilhelmshaven.

References

  • Fries, J. E. (2011).
    Die Wracks im Watt: Zwei neuzeitliche Zeugnisse des Handels an der niedersächsischen Nordseeküste.
    Archäologie in Niedersachsen 14, 71-74.

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