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Two ships were found in the Waterstraat in Utrecht in 1974: the Utrecht 2 (extended logboat) and the Utrecht 3 (an almost complete barge).

The Utrecht 3 was discarded and reused as revetment /quay works.


It was a large flat-bottomed vessel of 23 by 3.3 to 4 meters. Dendrochronological research dates the ship after around 1004. The wood comes from the Ardennes. The Utrecht 3 shows many construction similarities with Deventer I and II.


  •  Wynia, H., 2015: Pompeii aan de Rijn. Bijzondere Utrechtse scheepsvondsten, Oud Utrecht 88, juni, 80-87.
  • Brouwers, W./E. Jansma/M. Manders, article on medieval ships (Dutch).

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