A Viking ship has set sail for Dublin from the Danish port of Roskilde, in an attempt to recreate the voyages undertaken by early Norsemen.The 30m (100ft) long replica, called Sea Stallion, is said to be the world’s largest reconstructed Viking vessel.
It is based on a ship made nearly 1,000 years ago in Ireland, which in 1962 was excavated from the Roskilde fjord.
A crew of 65 volunteers will travel the 1,900km (1,200 miles) to Dublin, using only oar and sail power.
“We want to discover how Viking maritime technology worked in practice – how well the structure of the vessel adapts to the movement of the sea, how much wear and tear the hull sustains and how many mariners are required to sail it effectively,” said Preben Sorensen of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde which is spearheading the project.
Update: The journey was filmed by the BBC and appeared on The BBC’s Timewatch series recently.
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