2nd April 2008
Fjord is probably already the water in the World with the highest concentration
of Viking ships but now one more longship is added to the fleet of the
Andersen, ships builder and captain of the new Viking ship
On the 11th
of May this spring the independent Maritimt Forsøgscenter (Maritime
Experimental Centre) launches a longship inspired by one of the most
famous Viking ships found in Denmark: The Ladby
new longship will be the second largest Viking ship in Denmark. Only
second to the World's largest reconstruction of a Viking ship: The
new ship will be 24 meter long - 5 meter shorter than The Sea Stallion,
but on the other hand it will have a width of 4,1 meter - 30 centimetre
(aprox one feet) wider than The Sea Stallion. Most
extraordinary is that the longship will have a depth of only 40 centimetres
- almost making it possible enter a beach. This
flexibility was one of the main forces of the original Viking ships
since it made it possible to attack any unprotected coast.
Vikings Surf Board. The flat design was even more clear before
the ship was finished.
"flat" construction also gives the ship an extraordinary
elegant design with beautiful lines. The inspiration - The Ladby Ship
- is one of the most beautiful Viking ship constructions ever found -
maybe only second to the Oseberg Ship. The man behind the new ship -
Tonny Andersen - calls his ship "the Vikings surf board". He
expects it to reach a considerable speed. He hopes to be able to reach 20
knots in good wind.
new longship will have a sail of 70 square meters. The sail calls for
attention because of its shape. It will be only 7 meters high and 10
meters in width. Wide sails like that are known from Viking age
illustrations but are very rare in modern reconstructions. The ship
will have space for 38 oarsmen (The Sea Stallion has 60).
Andersen stresses that although The Ladby Ship has been an inspiration,
the new longship is not a reconstruction of the archaeological find.
The ship is built - like in Viking age - without a printed design. It
is based on the experience of Tonny Andersen as a ships builder and
with inspiration from recent calculations and archaeological research
on The Ladby Ship.
Forsøgscenter is a privately organized experimental centre financed
primarily by sailing trips with tourists and event making. According
to Tonny Andersen the new longship will be the worlds largest Viking ship
built without economic support from governments and sponsors. A
large part of the 3 years work has been done by volunteers.
maritime experimental centre already has a small fleet of Viking
ships. Until now the largest ships in the fleet have been Nidhug
ships are placed in a small harbour at Lyndby Strand only 20 kilometres from The Viking
Ship Museum in Roskilde hosting The Sea Stallion and a fleet of
other Viking ships. Both harbours are placed by Roskilde Fjord which
on top of that also is the home water of other Viking ships - among
launching of the new ship is open to all interested and will take
11th of May 2008, 12.00 - 18.00 (12 am - 6 pm)
at Lyndby Strand, Hornsherredvej 202, 4070 Kr. Hyllinge
for the day will be:
Welcome, music and other entertainment
14.30 The ship will be given name and launched.
15.00 Open ship. Viking fights, music etc.
18.00 End of the day
information is given by the organizer:
Østergade 3, Lyndby
4070 Kr. Hyllinge
Phone (+45) 46 43 70 36