As part of the dissemination of the actions and results of the project, a Conference was organised specifically on the conservation, printing and digital “rescue” of the historic traditional boat Eleni P. The Conference took place on Friday, 10 March 2023, from 11:00 to 15:00 in Karditsa at the auditorium of the Department of Forestry, Wood Science and Design of the University of Thessaly (DEXYS).
The event gave the public the opportunity to attend the conference in person and to participate remotely via video conference using the Google Meet application (participation link: https://meet.google.com/ysb-aikd-mva). Finally, if the number of connections to the video conference was met, the possibility of watching the workshop via the social media YouTube livestreaming was provided. The support of the workshop was outsourced to an external partner. The aim of the project stakeholders was to inform the academic community about the importance of the project and the progress of the project’s work.
The opening of the Conference was announced by the President of the Department of Forestry, Wood Science and Design (DEXYS) Mr. Ioannis Papadopoulos, welcoming both participants and attendees (https://youtu.be/QebTAOMiTjw).
It started with the presentation of Mrs. Konstantina Adamopoulou, Director of the Historical Archive-Museum of Hydra (IAMY) on the topic: “The Elena P. ferry: a multimodal journey with a safe final destination”. There was a historical review of the course of the traditional boat from its launching in Skiathos to its hoisting in Salamina, a reference to the time of its declaration as a historical monument and the time-consuming and alternating efforts of IAMY for its rescue and restoration (https://youtu.be/tP5gzsQqr1w).
On behalf of the Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture, a presentation was then presented on the following topic: “The cultural value of woodcraft and wooden boats”, underlining the urgency of the project in the context of the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of our country and the value of the project (https://youtu.be/ANepbp6dafw).
The baton was passed to the other partners of the project who presented original research work, focusing on issues of traditional woodcrafts such as the techniques of wooden boat construction, but also on rescue issues, such as the documentation of the conservation status of the ELENI P., its dismantling for the purpose of its conservation and restoration, as well as the presentation of the innovative technological methods adopted by the project in order to promote and highlight the cultural value of the project.
The conference concluded, thus covering a wide range of topics, with a speech by Mr. Ioannis Parisis, President of the Skiathos Maritime Museum, on the topic: “Skiathian shipbuilders and shipwrights, 1830-1930” (https://youtu.be/8G5y6kN7Uck).
Konstantina Adamopoulou, “The ship ELENI P.: a multimodal voyage with a safe final destination”.
Stavroula Fotopoulou, “The cultural value of woodcraft and wooden boats”.
Konstantinos Damianidis, “Study of the Natural Copy of the passage “Eleni P.””.
- Skarvelis, I. Bothos, M. Tilleli, I. Koumpidou, M. Papadopoulou, D. Tsipotas, “Documentation of construction techniques and the chronology of disassembly of a traditional wooden boat. The combination of scientific methods and practical techniques, for the correct achievement of an unprecedented project”.
- Tilleli, M. Skarvelis, D. Tsipotas, S. Vairamidou “Methodology and documentation of the conservation status of traditional wooden boats. The case of implementation of ELENI P.”.
- Skarvelis, A. Rammou, I. Bothos, D. Tsipotas, “Evaluation of mechanical strength in pine timber after 80 years of use”.
- Kolomvatsos, P. Fountas, M. Papathanasaki, “The Digital Model ELENI P. and Management of Digitized Information”.
- Chatzipetrou, St. Vagenas, Th. Diamantas, “Advanced Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies in Culture: The case of SaveWoodenBoats”.
- Parisis, “Skiathian shipbuilders and shipwrights, 1830-1930”.
At the end of the project, the partners of the SaveWoodenBoats project organised the International Conference on “Saving traditional wooden boats through their digital imaging, development of an integrated navigation platform and AR /VR applications”, which took place on September 25 and 26 at the Historical Archive – Museum of Hydra.
The present conference – on the occasion of the rescue and restoration of one of the unique traditional wooden boats of our country, the “Eleni P.”, built with pre-mechanical techniques – aimed at proposing a new approach to international standards in the fields of diagnosis, preservation, documentation and promotion of wooden and other historical cultural monuments and traditional constructions, with the development of new innovative methods and tools, as far as the protection and preservation of the modern cultural heritage and intangible cultural heritage of the country is concerned.
The conference presented the results of the project partners, invited talks, symposia, oral and poster presentations covering a wide range of topics. It brought together stakeholders, researchers and scientists from the fields of culture, traditional wooden constructions and especially traditional wood crafts, education, application of innovative methods and technologies as well as communication and provided a scientific forum for the presentation and discussion of current research results. At the same time, the conference aimed at providing an opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue on the present and future of research on issues of concern to the Greek and international community regarding endangered traditional wooden vessels and historic structures in general and their conservation.
The following topics were discussed:
- Presentation of historical and technological elements of traditional wooden vessels of the international cultural heritage with the aim of their promotion and conservation through new technological application methods
- Presentation of case studies on the conservation and preservation of traditional wooden boats, as well as wooden monuments and heritage structures in general
- Application of documentation and impression methods, 3D digital imaging technology (3D scanning, photogrammetry, etc.) to traditional wooden boats, monuments and heritage structures
- Application of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality presentation and projection methods to cultural heritage structures
- Research, commercial and educational use of the results of digital technology applications to traditional wooden ships, cultural heritage monuments and structures as technological products