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stepping stones of maritime history

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Part of an early medieval river barge was found in February 2013 in the Catharijnesingel in Utrecht. The Utrecht 6 is the oldest medieval barge found in The Netherlands. Only a section is preserved and research at the National Maritime Depot of the Netherlands.

The bottom planks were made out of one tree. The two side strakes where made of a second tree. Dendro analyses give a felling date of ca. 677 AD.


Flatboat, barge (platbodem vaartuig,

Parts of a medieval river barge.

Dimensions: ca. 7,15 m x 2,1 m
Merovingian period

Drawing of the preserved bottom planks

East Indiaman

Roman structures