A tired but very happy field school crew!
If we count the first day, this is actually day 21 of a tiring, wet but successful field school. Today was a day of cleaning and packing, with a small detachment of Kiel University divers going out to the wreck one last time to cover the trench with sandbags and […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 20

Finishing the drawing...
The morning started with the biggest waves that have been sighted during the whole field school. So we weren’t able to return to our wreck. But for the first time since many days, the weather turned during noon. Around 10 o’clock we were able to hop onto Nordwind to fulfill […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 19

Our wonderful community tent (and most other tents) under water - very fitting for an underwater field school
After 72 hours of constant rain, we woke up by the noise of small waves swapping against our tents. No, the big flood didn’t return over night, but the ground was totally soked from the water so that a lake surrounded our tents. The circus tent, our meeting place and […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 18

A very wet group shot...
August 11 was a very productive day for underwater operations on the Hedvig Sophia for the 2011 field school. All goals set out for the day where nearly completed. The keelson was fully exposed, dredging was wrapped up, dredge equipment was returned to shore, and all parts cleaned with fresh […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 17

An excursion into the mud---
It was a sunny day. Warm, just a little bit of wind, the visibility under water was nearly up to 42 meters. Perfect diving conditions! And after our totally awesome diving day, everybody got free ice cream. Hoooray! Sometimes waking up by the wind blowing against your tent could be […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 16

Recording in our "office"...
Diving days don’t always go as planned, that’s what I learned today as a site director. The morning started early with a nice surprise, when we sort of realised one after the other that our main shower key was broken and the nearest toilet was 500 meters away. While eating […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 15

Getting ready for the last dive of the day...
The day started bright and early in our beautiful camp in Schilksee in Kiel fjord. Now I’m not quite sure if my fellow students have told about our facilities here. We live in tents, which after two weeks of sun, rain, wind and most other types of weather, are in […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 14

A rope in the trench from Maritime Archaeology Programme on Vimeo. Andre Skyaasen gives the dive supervisor a heads up on the excavation of the trench. Ok today everything was………. {censored} lots of problems with equipment, the weather was {censored} and the compressor broke. But we did successfully recover a […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 13

Excavation on the wreck of the Hedvig Sophia from Maritime Archaeology Programme on Vimeo. A short video of the ongoing excavation shot with our helmet camera. The divers uncover a clay pipe. A day where we thought we would be at the mercy of the weather gods half-way through the […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 12

An "excavation pair" in the trench...
In contrast to the last two days, the weather was rather nice this day. A soft breeze of 2 to 3 Beaufort allowed us to continue our work on the shipwreck and the ammunition trail. For me the day started not quite as planned because a fellow diver from Kiel […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 11

Mooring the Nordwind
Once again the day started early and the conditions did not look very promising. The winds were against us and the sea very irregular. However, we managed to be on site one hour later than usual, but still, better one hour lost than the whole day. With Nordwind refusing to […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 10

Artefact photography in action
Today was yet another sunny day with winds in an unfavourable direction. This time, however, the plan was not another museum trip, but a day at the office. We had enough finds to process, and to start it all we had Amandine to tell us how to take care of […]

Hedvig Sophia 2011, Day 9