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  1. Is there no way to divert traffic, or is it too narrow? In related news, one of the newly discovered wrecks in the Baltic was recently plundered by vandals. New technology discovers wrecks quicker than the authorities can protect them - but since there is no money to guard them that might not matter anyway. Part of me hope that we won’t discover any more wrecks in easily accessible waters...
  2. Wonderful work, thank you for sharing. I’ve been thinking to attempt a miniature myself, so I’m happy to see this log. May I ask, what is the purpose of filling with resin? For strength?
  3. They have made some smaller incursions earlier, the main finds being the following: - Believed to be a burial, but likely the ship was previously used and was not just a burial vessel - Due to lowered water table large parts of the ship have been damaged or destroyed by rot, but the keel appears intact. The quick decision and accelerated startup of excavation was made to precent the decomposing from causing further damage - The wood has been dated to around the year 733 - The size is comparable to the Gokstad and Oseberg ships, but on this ship the keel is quite different, of a previously unknown type. This is maybe what makes the find the most promising. edit: auto-spellcheck keeps changing to other languages than English
  4. Hi Bruce, I didn’t mean the Mousa, I meant the one on the Italian drawing. That’s a much larger vessel
  5. Looks like a medium-sized freighter of 1930s design, maybe around 2500T? Due to Genoa, maybe worth checking ships built by Ansaldo as a start. As why he had the drawing, better ask someone who knew him. I like drawings myself, I could have kept it as a keepsake, or to make a model, or - had I been an electrical engineer/electrician - for reference.
  6. I don’t see why that would be bad form, thanks for posting. 3D printing is here to stay, for finished products and for making masters for moulding. That you only needed a few hours to whip that up is enough proof of concept. One question from someone who only has space for small models - down to what scale do you think your equipment would be able to produce sharp results? I guess 1/64 should work if 1/48 looks that good, but what about 1/100 and 1/200ish? I’m curious what hobby-modellers as us would be able to do - I’m sure there is expensive industrial machines which can do it but that is another topic really.
  7. At the battle of Hogland (1788) the Swedish fleet disengaged with all or most ammo spent, so they certainly ran that risk.
  8. And another one found, this one from the end of the 16th century found on land in Stockholm. There’s plenty of buried old wrecks due to post-glacial land rise and hulks used as filler for man-made land reclaiming, but this wreck was relatively large and previously unknown. Built of pine from Hälsingland, which made identification easy: the only one fitting the records was the Samson, a Royal armed merchant built in the transitionary phase with mixed building styles. Sorry in Swedish, (and sorry it’s facebook), but there are some pics at least: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2705387142816085&id=129042917117200 The wreck has been documented and then covered and protected for the future.
  9. Some boards of the aftercastle remains in place (seen in the video in the link), and it is clinkerbuilt just like on the later large warships of the first half of the 16th century. It also appears to have the rusty remains of two iron guns(one on each side), still sticking out through their ports. And there is at least one more gunport further forward and another further aft, though without guns. This makes me wonder if she is actually a small warship (or at least commisioned as such) as opposed to a merchantman as reported in Swedish papers, my guess is from the period 1500-1550, or even 1520-1570 (lots of naval activities in this area in this period, which should increase the probability of her having been parked down there). Six guns sounds too much for a merchantman of this size and age. I wonder what made them date her to the turn of the century (1500 that is), at least I can see nothing definite that would place her around either 1500 or 1550, for example. Anyway I bet they are wetting their pants in excitement over getting some wood up in order to date it, so we’ll know soon enough. And yes, that’s a pump alright, and the deck of some platform can be seen around the foremast, which well could be that of a forecastle (it is wider than the hull forwards).
  10. The recently found Mars (sunk mid 1500s), as well as Elefanten from the same time, also had round-tuck sterns and were carvel built. Gribshunden, which sank 1495, was built in the same way. Carvel became the dominant form of construction of larger ships in the Baltic during this time, but it is interesting to see a smaller ship built in the same style. —- Fabulous find- Even the boat is still there. I’ve been contemplating building a 16th century carvel ship, but with the rate they are currently uncovering new wrecks and how they were constructed my model would be built on obsolete information by the time I finished...
  11. Oh, wish I’d seen that earlier - that is one opportunity not occuring often
  12. This was put on hold due to an upcoming move - I did not want to raise the mast before moving across countries. The move got postponed and postponed again. And now I am tired of its unfinished state. If the move does come and the model breaks, ah well, at least I tried and I’m truely sour how I bungled the deck planking anyway - I see the rest as practice. I added the mast and have begun with the shrouds. The upper dead eyes were connected to hearts (or whatever is the English term? - the white teardrop things) as was common in those days, and the shrouds looped around the hearts. How I made the hearts I do not remember, but the brackets are all brass. I have attached the first shroud on each side: now I’m trying to find out just how hard I should pull before permanently attaching the lanyards.
  13. To be honest I skipped every paragraph that started like that, as well as the simplistic «Viking» ship popular descriptions: I saw mostly the pictures, but they speak volumes :D

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