The airport stop over was filled with interesting and quirky meetings. Matt the English Dive Instructor going home from Thailand filled nearly 4 hours of my time in a Japanese Restaurant with humor and wild tales of horror dives, Lilly the beautiful young English girl returning from NZ visiting her father who was producing and Opera, and before I knew it it was time to join my plane along with all the other passengers, not a spare seat to be found! Despite the fullness of the plane and the turbulence I had a enough sleep to fill refreshed for the start of my adventure in Amsterdam.
On my arrival I was whisked away by Joke to her work place http://www.cultureelerfgoed.nl/en/collections/national-maritime-archaeology-repository
The best way to describe the way I am feeling to to simply say "Call me Alice" ( Alice in wonderland!)
This is the view from Joke's Office, note the tall ship the "Batavia" Replica in the back ground!
Today I took tour of the area in which the Netherlands Government look after the artifacts from their historic wooden shipwrecks. There is a team of around 17 of which I met quite a few and discussed with them their expertise. It was kept a short introduction due to the long flight I had just taken. We will return to do two days of serious restoration work.
An Ancient ROMAN RIVER BOAT that is being preserved before restoration
Keeping the OLD TIMBER under raps literally
until it can be treated in the tank with sprinklers over head to keep it wet
CAST IRON CANNONS waiting to be treated
they will be heated to 800 degrees to force the salt out of them
This is a very important step in my journey. We have taken on the responsibility of the artifacts from the Viscount Melbourne, it is very important that what we take from the sea we can treat accordingly so that is preserved for others to enjoy. So much history is locked away in these ships. I hidden time capsule on the bottom of the sea
Posted 5th September 2012 by Southern Sun