The first half of the Lootsi cog has arrived at the Seaplane Harbour

Last night, on 5–6 July, two parts of one of the Europe’s biggest cogs arrived from the construction site of Lootsi Street to the future shipyard square of Estonian Maritime Museum at the Seaplane Harbour.

Another two wreckage parts are planned to be brought to the museum in the second half of this week. In both cases, this can be done only starting from midnight, as each cog part is huge and weighs several tens of tonnes. Necessary preparations lasted a little longer than three months and it took almost six hours to transport one half.

‘This is only the beginning; both the cog and all the findings discovered along with it will be examined and preserved. We will give our best that the upcoming work could be continuously observed and as a result, you can explore the Lootsi cog and all the accompanying findings in all their glory. I would very much like to thank everyone who is helping now, and in the future,’ said Urmas Dresen, the head of Estonian Maritime Museum.

 Important facts about the Lootsi cog:

  • the Lootsi cog is one of the largest medieval shipwrecks in Europe and the largest find of the last century in the world;
  • the shipwreck was discovered in Tallinn, during the construction of the 8 Lootsi Street office building on 31 March 2022;
  • type of the shipwreck is a cog – a single-masted ship common in the Baltic and North seas in the Middle Ages;
  • the cog was built around the 1360s; the wreck is 24.5 metres long, 9 metres wide and 4 metres high;
  • the cog is well-preserved from the stern to the deck; the wreck was located approximately 1.5 metres below the surface;
  • in addition to the wreck, several unique finds were discovered – for example, a metal compass with a wind rose and tar with the remains of ship rats;
  • the cog was divided into four parts to transport it from the construction site to the museum, the stern weighs 15.5 tonnes and the middle part weighs 32.2 tonnes;
  • from 5 July 2022, the cog wreck will be located in the Seaplane Harbour area of the Estonian Maritime Museum, here it will be preserved and exhibited.

Photos: 5.-6.07. 2022 https://bit.ly/3IkOiKY (Eesti Meremuuseum/ Aron Urb).

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One of the biggest cogs in Europe is now at the Estonian Maritime Museum

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.

08. July

The first half of the Lootsi cog has arrived at the Seaplane Harbour

Last night, on 5–6 July, two parts of one of the Europe’s biggest cogs arrived from the construction site of Lootsi Street to the future shipyard square of Estonian Maritime Museum at the Seaplane Harbour.

06. July

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