Underwater museum on a shipwreck in Amsterdam
A Dutch architecture firm is building an underwater museum of a 271-year-old shipwreck.
Amsterdam seems to have become a great place to create museums of all sorts. Right from the most fascinating Rijks Museum where you can spend hours lost in its glory to the Banksy museum. Amsterdam has it all.
They are now planning to relocate a waterlogged vessel from England to Amsterdam.
In 1749, a Dutch East India Company cargo ship called the Amsterdam was returning from its maiden voyage when a tempestuous storm rendered it unsteerable. The captain beached the ship near the English town of Hastings, where it still sits today, enveloped in centuries of sand.
An architecture firm in the Netherlands is relocating the 271-year-old vessel to its home country with the intention of building an underwater museum around it. And they plan to do so without ever taking it out of the water.
Working with industrial movers, the group will have the waterlogged ship excavated from the English Channel seabed, moved to a specially designed salvage dock, and then sailed 250-some miles to the coast of the Dutch capital.
There, the architects will design around it a steel and glass capsule, allowing visitors to circumnavigate the remains of the 131-foot-long ship underwater—including what’s left of the textiles, wine, and silver bullion of its cargo—while archeologists work on it in real time.
“Visiting this venue is like entering a theater that stages the investigation in progress and engages the public with the discoveries the divers and researchers do inside the wreck,” the project’s description reads.