De Kogge von Bremen

John McGann scratch  built this model plank-for-plank as the original 13th Century De Kogge was found and raised.

John McGann scratch built this model plank-for-plank as the original 13th Century De Kogge was found and raised.

Modeler’s Name: John R. McGann
Period: 1380
Scale: 1=40 19/64″=1′
Type of Model: Scratch build

Build Time: 1,000

Build Materials:
Scratch built of Apple Wood from the plans of the ship developed during its recovery and re-construction. The mast and rigging had not been installed, only a small portion of the decking is shown as the original decking was not recovered. Note: that the deck is athwart the vessel rather than fore and aft.

Ship’s Story:
The Cog or Kogge was a type of vessel used by the Hanseatic League for 500 years. The original ship was built of Baltic Oak in 1380 and swept from the builder’s yard by a flash flood of the Wesser River. Recovered during the dredging of the river in 1962. Now displayed in a museum at Bremerhaven, Germany.

Modeler’s Bio:
Retired Construction Supt. Modeling for 75 years

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