The Making of Shipwreck Adventures

Photo Roundup: The Uncanny Galley Cabinet

The interactive and explorable sunken ship that is the focus of Shipwreck Adventures is based on a real life ship that sunk to the bottom of Lake Superior in the late 1800s called the J.S. Seaverns (read more about how the J.S. Seaverns inspired the exhibit). As the team learned more about the wreck, it became increasingly clear that the ship was uniquely preserved. Although it sunk more than a century ago, the ship was remarkably intact, as evidenced by video footage and photos from Ken Merryman. In fact, the ship sunk so slowly that dishes were still stacked on the shelves in the galley. Read on to see how that untouched galley cabinet was translated to the Uncanny Galley in the museum exhibit.

A still shot taken from Ken Merryman’s dive footage of the actual galley cabinets as they look underwater, with the dishes and ceramicware still sitting untouched on the shelves.
An early concept design of one of the cabinets in the ship hull in the exhibit. Notice the dishes perched near the top of the cabinet, just like the ones in the J.S. Seaverns shipwreck.
A more detailed design blueprint of the cabinet. The production team uses these blueprints to bring concepts and ideas to life in the exhibit.

The wooden framework for the cabinet, complete with drawers, doors and a space in the middle for a video monitor.

The cabinet is stained to match the rest of the ship hull and graphics and trivia facts are added to the panels and drawers. Just a few more props and finishing touches and this part of the exhibit will be complete.

Be on the lookout for this interactive cabinet and so many more surprises in Shipwreck Adventures!

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