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Preservation station for ship from the Hanze era

In the Middle Ages, the Dutch town of Kampen was part of the German Hanseatic League. A shipwreck from the time was recovered last month: a so-called cog ship. Given its historical value, it was decided to preserve the wooden hull of the ship in a special shed built especially for this purpose: the IJsselkogge preservation station. The walls of this shed are made from SAB sandwich panels.

Preservation of the ship will take place at a museum location near the Batavia Yard in Lelystad, where ships from the Golden Age are being reconstructed, and at Museum Nieuw Land, which people can visit to find out more about the reclamation of the former Zuiderzee. The public will also be able to follow preservation work on the IJsselkogge through special windows that have been added to the shed especially for this purpose. The arrival of the shipwreck from the Hanze era at the Batavia Yard has already attracted a large number of visitors and the raising of the cog made the press.

The shed in which the Hanze ship will be preserved measures 35 x 15 x 10 metres and is still open on one side at the current time. This made it possible to get the platform carrying the wreck of the cog into the shed. Construction of the shed will be completed in the next several months. The preservation station features 1,107 m2 of SAB WB 60.1000 in Colorcoat Prisma Sirius and 486 m2 of SAB W 40.1150 in Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra Goosewing Grey. This material has been used to build both the ‘wet’ shed and the adjacent dry section of the preservation station.

The preservation of a shipwreck that has been under water for centuries is a process that will take many years to complete. This will involve keeping the wooden remains wet to stop them disintegrating. With this in mind, the preservation station consists of both a wet and dry section. In the wet section, a sprinkler system keeps air humidity at 99%. 

The historical importance of the IJsselkogge is said to be on a par with famous shipwrecks in England (the Mary Rose in Portsmouth) and Stockholm (Vasa), both of which have their own museums. For Kampen, this find is a tangible symbol of its Hanzeatic past and the expectation is that the wreck will attract a large public. Whether the IJsselkogge will get its own museum is unclear at this stage.

Anyone who would like to see the shipwreck can come along to Museum Nieuw Land, near the Batavia Yard in Lelystad, from May 2016 onwards. A livestream showed how the platform carrying the wreck of the ship was driven into the shed.

 Façade construction: WEST.NEDER.LAND B.V.

 Lelystad IJsselkogge

The IJsselkogge being driven into the shed (photo: Freddy Schinkel)

Lelystad IJsselkogge

The IJsselkogge has arrived in the shed (photo: Freddy Schinkel)

Lelystad IJsselkogge

The 'dry' section of the preservation station can be found behind the shed

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