Repeated release - Sent out first time the 20th of April, 2007
The Viking Ship Museum presents:
The Viking Ship Museum present to Danish and International Medias ’Thoroughbred of the Sea’ – the biggest experiment in maritime archaeology ever.
The 30 metres long Sea Stallion from Glendalough is the biggest reconstruction of a Viking ship and soon the sixty five crew members will embark on a 1.700 kilometres sail from Roskilde to Dublin. For seven weeks the crew members and scholars at the museum will be testing the ships seaworthiness in the North Atlantic waters the original ship was build to sail.
The Sea Stallion is a reconstruction of the ship wreck Skuldelev 2, which in the 1960’s was excavated from the bottom of Roskilde Fjord. Examinations of the timber revelled that Skuldelev 2 was build in Dublin in 1042 and that result is the reason why the Sea Stallion is now sailing to Dublin.
”This is a journey no one have dared for a thousand years and the project is setting new and high standards for the research in the maritime culture of the Viking Age. If we want to learn more about the Viking war ships, we simply build a full scale and sail it – and so far that has given us all the answers needed,” says director of the Viking Ship Museum, Tinna Damgård-Sørensen.
Programme for Sunday the 6th of May 2007
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome
10:00 – 12:00 Sailing with the Sea Stallion or on board a following ship
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 13:00 Press conference with Danish and Irish representatives
13:30 – 15:00 A guided tour of the museum and questions
Around fifteen Medias from Europe and North America have already signed up for this day; parts of the presentation will therefore be in English.
Medias that would like to participate needs to give notice because of the lack of space on board both the Sea Stallion and the following ships.
Notice is given to Preben Rather Sørensen, head of secretary:
Phone: + 45 46 30 02 08
Mob + 45 21 75 20 70
Read more about the Sea Stallion and the biggest experiment in maritime archaeology ever on www.havhingsten.dk
The Sea Stallion from Glendalough in a reconstruction of the Skuldelev 2-wreck found on the bottom of Roskilde Fjord in 1962. Scientific research has proven that Skuldelev 2 was built by Vikings in Dublin in 1042. The Sea Stallion from Glendalough represents Danish design and craftsmanship in the so-called ‘Canon of Culture’.
The Viking Ship Museum is world leader in the field of experimental ship archaeology and a five star tourist attraction with 150,000 yearly visitors.