Last night, on 7–8 July, the second half of the Lootsi cog arrived at the Seaplane Harbour – the stern part and another middle part. The Estonian Maritime Museum will now commence work to display one of Europe’s largest ship wrecks in all its glory.
‘I thank every person who contributes to this great finding being displayed to everyone from the bottom of my heart. The wrecks of the Maasilinn ship and the Kadriorg cog exhibited in our museum have attracted visitors from all across Estonia and elsewhere for years. The larger and better preserved wreck of the Lootsi cog unlocks a new story about seafaring, but also about living conditions seven centuries ago. To highlight this, we are building a ship hangar in the Seaplane Harbour area, where we will preserve and exhibit the Lootsi cog. We will do our best to continuously monitor the progress of the upcoming works,’ said Urmas Dresen, Head of the Estonian Maritime Museum.
One of the largest medieval ship wrecks in Europe, which came to light during the construction of an office building on Lootsi Street, arrived at the Estonian Maritime Museum in Seaplane Harbour in two parts. On the night of 4–5 July, the bow part and the first middle part of the cog were transported, followed by the stern part and the second middle part of the wreck on the night of 7–8 July. The wreck was transported on the route 8 Lootsi – Ahtri – Mere pst – Põhja pst – Kalaranna – 6 Vesilennuki.
Today, July 8, starting at 2 p.m., the Estonian Maritime Museum will put a protective cover on the shipwreck and then continue the planned works.
Important facts about the Lootsi cog:
Photos (Eesti Meremuuseum/ Aron Urb):
Lets make it together!Read more
The Seaplane Harbour will be closed from January to May 2024 to prepare an updated and fully engaging exhibition. The partners of the Estonian Maritime Museum in renewing the permanent exhibition of the Seaplane Harbour are KOKO architects and MOTOR.
The Estonian-Italian collaborative exhibition ‘VENEZIA – Queen of the Seas’ opened at the Seaplane Harbour on 25 March 2023 and was scheduled to be open until the beginning of January 2024. In the course of interim negotiations, it was agreed that the exhibition at the Seaplane Harbour will remain open until 3 September.