When we walked into the room, I stopped dead. I have never been so awe-struck over anything including the birth of my two boys. By way of explanation, my father was a master carpenter and I love wood and wood carving. This ship was covered with marvelous intricate carvings, every one of which had meaning--either of royal might or royal lineage or royal benevolence.
And the original carvings were painted!
|The stern today|
|The stern as it would have appeared in 1628|
They didn't have acrylic paints so used ground minerals and salts mixed with oils and any substances they needed to preserve the color.
They found about 15 bodies under the ship, some of the clothing, and many of the day-to-day objects needed for life aboard a ship in 1628. I discovered a glove liner that was created using nalbinding. No photo because the museum is kept on the dark side to preserve the objects, and flash photos help to speed the deterioration of those objects.
And I leave you with this.....
....as the ship was certainly a testament to his power.