Melckmeyt 1659 | Exhibition

Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík

Sjóminjasafnið í Reykjavík
09, June 2018 - 30, December 2022 (see calendar for other dates)
Open from 10.00am - 5.00pm

General Admission See on official website

In this exhibition visitors will gain a number of fascinating insights about trade in Iceland during the 17th century, the Melckmeyt and its crew and the various methodologies used by marine archaeologists. On display are some of the artefacts recovered from the wreck. On a bitterly cold and stormy October night, a Dutch merchant ship, the Melckmeyt, fully laden with cargo and ready for the long voyage home to Amsterdam, attempted to wait out a violent storm at anchor. Over the next two days, the fifteen souls on board battled to save the ship from wrecking but their efforts were ultimately in vain and one crew member lost his life. The ship sank leaving the crew marooned on the tiny Flatey Island, thousands of miles from home. Reykjavík Maritime Museum is part of Reykjavík City Museum.

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