The cog is the centrepiece of the museum. Behind the wreck, which is more than 600 years old, lies a research thriller: discovered by chance in 1962 in the mud of the Weser, the complex salvage took three years. Afterwards, a team of restorers assembled the 2000 individual parts. To prevent the brittle oak wood from shrinking, the wreck floated in a tank filled with preservative for 18 years; in 1999 the liquid was drained and the construction removed. The cog remains an exciting object of research for scientists from all over the world and is considered the best-preserved trading ship of the Middle Ages
What will museum visits be like in the future? The digitisation department has visions and is already ensuring that anyone, anywhere, at any time can view exhibits in detail.
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A visit from the Baltic Sea: animal exhibits, ship models and measuring instruments are moving into the DSM for the new exhibition "CHANGE NOW - Ships change the world".
The exhibition "Cocoa, Coffee, Tobacco - Intoxicants in the Past" can be visited online.
A new research project sheds light on the role of the shipping company Norddeutscher Lloyd in the transport of cultural goods from former German colonies during the German Empire.
What are the duties of a digital curator? Isabella Hodgson reveals it. A native of Bavaria, she has only been part of the DSM since November 2020, but she cultivates a decades-old maritime connection.
The DSM's research work on the whereabouts of Nazi looted property will be extended to Hamburg and financially supported by the German Center for Cultural Heritage Losses.
History comes alive: The 105-year-old tide calculator has been restored. Since May 2019, restorer Tim Lücke has cleaned thousands of gears, ball bearings and tidal gears using the new dry ice blasting method.
Pack - unpack - arrive: The 380,000 archival records and 60,000 museum objects are in for an eventful time. By the end of the year, they will be moved bit by bit into the new research depot, which is already an eye-catcher in the fishing harbour. The wooden plank façade is reminiscent of the cog. The DSM team is facing the mammoth task of moving all the exhibits, from the button collection to the lifeboat, into the new home and assigning them a suitable place in the 2300 square metre depot.
Foto: Bernd Ohlthaver
A ship with an eventful history
Wooden freighter, training ship, hotel ship and restaurant: the SEUTE DEERN has had many functions in her 100-year history. Learn more about her history and her fateful anniversary year.