Building projects

The Gislinge Boat 2016

During 2015, the Viking Ship Museums boatbuilders built a reconstruction of the Gislinge Boat. A number of questions arose during this process: could the height of the freeboard be increased? Is there an advantage to be gained in having more than three rowing stations? Would altering the sails shape impact on the boats trim?  Now we offer a new interpretation of the upper parts of the hull, an interpretation based on their experiences sailing with Gisle the previous year.   

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The Gislinge Boat 2015

The Gislinge Boat is a 7m long boat from the 12th century. With the Gislinge Boat Project, the Museum aims to expand this dialogue by actively involving the public in these practices. 

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The large Gokstad boat

We built the largest of the three small boats found with the Gokstad ship. The boat is now used by the Viking Ship Museum for exhibitions and events both at home and abroad, and was therefore built as authentically as possible with radially cleaved planks, hand-forged clinker nails, woolen sail, linden bast rig and so on.

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A new Skuldelev 6

In 2012, we built another reconstruction of Skuldelev 6 - a fishing and cargo vessel from the Viking Age, dating to ca. 1030. A previous reconstruction of the Skuldelev 6 (Kraka Fyr) can also be seen in the Museum harbour. The new boat was built based on a new interpretation of the original ship find and therefore has a slightly different stem to that on Kraka Fyr.

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New Oseberg ship

In collaboration with the New Oseberg Ship Foundation (SNOS), we have undertaken a new reconstruction of the Oseberg ship. The ship was first reconstructed in a 1:10 model and later built in full scale. The finished replica was launched in Tønsberg in 2012. (www.osebergvikingskip.no)

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Eel drifter

In 2009, we built a 29-foot eel drifter. The boat was built like the old eel drifters from the beginning of the 20th century. The eel drifter is a classic Danish, clinker-built boat, built to drift sideways with an extended seine net to fish for eels.

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Frederikssund dinghy

Through a sale to a private client, we have had the opportunity to build another Frederikssund dinghy. This is the third of this type of boat from our boatyard, all built on the basis of the same type of boat, which was built in Frederikssund in 1906.

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The little boat from Gokstad

The small boat from Gokstad is one of the finest small boats that has ever been found from the Viking Age. Like the original, the boat is built from radially cleaved oak in the bottom and the upper planks are of pine.

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A Faroese 'seksæring'

Faroese boatbuilder Hanus Jensen designed and built a seksæring, part of the Faroese boatbuilding tradition. The boat was built to be used by the Viking Ship Museum's sailing service.

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Bådebygger Ture M Møller og lærling Erik Jochumsen bygger en 15 fods Lynæsjolle

Lynæs Dinghy

Boatbuilder Ture Møller and apprentice Erik Jochumsen built a 15 foot Lynæs dinghy as a commission for a private client. As is usual in traditional boat building, boat builder Ture Møller has adapted the shape of the boat to meet the client’s requirements, while still staying within the limits of what is called a Lynæs dinghy.

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Bådebyggerne Tom Nicolajsen og Ole Engblom bygger en hækjolle

Stern boat

Boatbuilders Tom Nicolajsen and Ole Engblom built a stern boat.

The stern boat was built to hang at the back of a ketch. The planks are larch and the bent frames are of oak.

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Frederikssund dinghy, year 1900

Boatbuilder Lauritz Larsen built a dinghy for fisherman Marcus Noer, Isefjorden, around the year 1900. This dinghy was surveyed and we are building one identical to it.

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Expanded wooden boat, 150-800 AD

The ships from the Viking era were not just large, clinker-built vessels with beautifully carved bows. They also built dugouts, both as we know them from earlier times, and...

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Bådebyggerne Morten Møller, Peter Rasmussen og Hanus Jensen bygger en stammebåd far Sebbersund

Dugout boat from Sebbersund

The boat builders Morten Møller, Peter Rasmussen and Hanus Jensen built a dugout boat from Sebbersund.

The boatyard has reconstructed a dugout boat from the Viking era. The dugout boat was found with about 70 other dugout boats of the same type at Sebbersund in the north of Jutland.

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