Archaeological Storage of the Maritime Museum
The National Museum in Szczecin
Wały Chrobrego 3 | Wały Chrobrego 3

Apart from original wrecks, the archaeological storage shows models of vessels from rowing-sailing boats used up to the 1st century A.D. to 19th century model of Polish steamer “Helena” used for transporting goods and people. On the exhibition there can also be found a model of a vessel commonly called “skórzak” (“leather boat”), wooden frame of which was covered with leather, with junctions caulked with animal fat. There also can be seen models of first dugout coanoes – vessels made of one tree trunk, and fancifully ornamented boat of the Bronze Age – its bow and stern are crowned with carved head of a dragon, sinister apperarance of which had to scare pirates and sea monsters. There also are models of Slavic rowing-sailing boats, including a model of a boat excavated in 1962 in the neighbourhood of the castle bailey and a boat from Kamień Pomorski discovered in 1984 during melioration works. Another interesting object is a model of a boat from Charbrowo. Excavated in 1896 and brought to Szczecin, it underwent a reconstruction but in result did not cover its original appearance. The boat has survived the war and despite a large difference between its actual and original appearance it is shown in the National Museum in Szczecin at 3 Wały Chrobrego St. The visitors may also see models of the boat from Charbrowo – one of them is a copy of a project from before the war, where the original shape of the wreck has been marked in a darker colour – the rest is an attempt of reconstruction, failed as the reconstructors assumed too large height of the sides. The second prototype shows a probable shape of the boat. Equally interesting models are boats from Dzierzgoń, wrecks of which were discovered in 1894, a model of a boat from Frombork or boats Orunia I, II and III being reconstructions of wrecks excavated in 1933 at Vistula estuary. Other objects are: a contemporary model of a Norman ship, models of carracks and Helena tall ship. An equally interesting model is the one of a ship from Kalmar – the first vessel with rudder hinge used instead of a rudder fin, attached to the side, which had been used so far. The construction of the ship may be observed on account of a cross-section presented beside the model.