Christian P.P. Lemée
An archaeological and architectural study of large carvel vessels in Danish waters, 1580-1640 Published 2006 by the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark. Volume 6 in the series Ships and Boats of the North. Large format, 371 pages, richly illustrated, hard cover, ISBN 87 85180 34 3. Price: DKK 385/€ 52
The main aim of this study has been to discover the specific carvel shipbuilding methods used in north-west Europe in the Renaissance ɨF7JLJOH4IJQ.VTFVNJO3PTLJMEF period. The analysis is based on a group of ship-finds excavated under ɨF/BUJPOBM.VTFVNPG%FONBSL the direction of the author in Copenhagen in 1996 and 1997. A total of eight wrecks were discovered and recorded on the former premises of the Burmeister & Wain (B&W) ship engine factory in the Christianshavn quarter of Copenhagen. Five of them were the remains of large carvel-built vessels dating within the reigns of the two Danish kings Frederik II (1559-1588) and Christian IV (1588-1648) and thus representing a unique collection of Renaissance ship-types used in Danish waters. Most of the large ships were Dutch-built. The analysis of these finds combines the detailed recording of sections of four of the ships with their physical reconstruction in the shape of scale models. These steps result in a sound understanding of how flush-planked ships were designed and built according to the shell-based concept. *4#/
Contents 1. The B&W site: historical and archaeological evidence 2. Carvel shipbuilding in a historical context 3. Methods of investigation: excavation, documentation and reconstruction 4. The B&W shipwrecks: archaeological analyses B&W 4, a Wadden Sea trader B&W 5, a Dutch-built flute or pinas B&W 2, a Dutch-built Danish East Indiaman B&W 1, a Dutch-built verlanger B&W 3, a clinker-built vessel B&W 6, a clinker-built vessel B&W 7, a 16th-century skeleton-built vessel B&W 8, a carvel-built ship’s boat 5. Results and discussion
From the Foreword: “The merit of Lemée’s study lies first and foremost in the uncompromising methodology in archaeological source-criticism: recorded and recordable phenomena are analysed and interpreted through transparent and systematic technical experimentation, … thereby … revealing the concepts that governed the ship-building technology of the day, as well as its flexibility.”
Summaries in English, Dutch, French, Danish and German language.
Thijs J. Maarleveld, University of Southern Denmark
Forthcoming volumes: From Nordic to North European. Coastal seafaring and changes in Danish shipbuilding AD 900-1600, by Jan Bill. Large Cargo Ships in Danish Waters 1000-1250, by Anton Englert et al. Cog finds from Scandinavia, by Frederic M. Hocker et al. The Skuldelev Ships II and III, by Ole Crumlin-Pedersen et al. The Utrecht Ship Type, by Aleydis van de Moortel.
The Renaissance Shipwrecks from Christianshavn
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Published volumes of the series Ships and Boats of the North: Vol. 1: Skinboats of Greenland, by H.C. Petersen, Roskilde 1986 (repr. 2002). 216 pages, hard cover. DKK 385/€ 52 + postage Vol. 2: Viking Age Ships and Shipbuilding in Hedeby/Haithabu and Schleswig, by Ole Crumlin-Pedersen et al., Schleswig & Roskilde 1986 (repr. 2003). 328 pages, hard cover. DKK 385/€ 52 + postage Vol. 3: Ladby. A Danish Ship-Grave from the Viking Age, by Anne C. Sørensen et al., Roskilde 2001. 293 pages, hard cover. DKK 385/€ 52 + postage Vol. 4.1: The Skuldelev Ships I, by Ole CrumlinPedersen et al., Roskilde 2002. 360 pages, hard cover. DKK 385/€ 52 + postage Vol. 5: Hjortspring. A Pre-Roman Iron Age Warship in Context, edited by Ole Crumlin-Pedersen & Athena Trakadas, Roskilde 2003. 293 pages, hard cover, with CD-ROM. DKK 385/€ 52 + postage Vol. 6: The Renaissance Shipwrecks from Christianshavn. An archaeological and architectural study of large carvel vessels in Danish waters, 1580-1640, by Christian P.P. Lemée, Roskilde 2006. 372 pages, hard cover. DKK 385/€ 52 + postage
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Volume 6 in the series Ships and Boats of the North