Skuldelev 2


Skuldelev 2 – The great longship

Material: oak
Length: approx. 30 metres
Breadth: 3.8 metres
Draught: 1 metre
Displacement: 26 tons (fully equipped)
No. of oars: 60
Crew: 65-70 men
Sail area: 112 m2
Average speed: 6-8 knots
Top speed: 13-17 knots
Dating: 1042
Place of construction: Dublin, Ireland
Preserved: approx. 25 %

Wreck 2 is an ocean-going warship, possibly of the skeid type. With a crew of 65-70 warriors, it must have been the ship of a chieftain, a vessel like those whose praises were sung in ancient scaldic verse and sagas.

The ship was built of oak. Tree-ring analysis of the timber has shown that the ship was built in the vicinity of Dublin about 1042. Vikings settled in Ireland in AD 800 and established several fortified bases along the Irish coast. These bases developed into towns, with Dublin as the most important. Here the Vikings lived as merchants, mercenary soldiers and shipbuilders.

The long, narrow shape of the ship allowed at great speed and the manning of 60 oars made it possible to keep the ship moving even without wind. The Sea Stallion from Glendalough, a reconstruction of Skuldelev 2 built by the Viking Ship Museum, has reached an average speed of 2, 5 knots with every second oar manned. Under sail, The Sea Stallion has reached a top speed of 12 knots. The Sea Stallion from Glendalough is on display in the museum harbour.

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Film about the longship

Film showing show the various phases of the building work of a ship like Skuldelev 2.

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