Skuldelev 6, the fishing vessel

Skuldelev 6 - The fishing vessel

Skuldelev 6 is a fishing boat, built in the Sognefjord area in western Norway - at the same time and place as the ocean-going trader Skuldelev 1. It is orginally used for fishing in the deep Norwegian fjords, but is then increased with a plank in each side. During the alteration, the original rowlocks were removed and the number of oars reduced. The conversion presumably meant that the ship was used more for transport alng the Norwegian coast.
 
The Viking Ship Museum's two reconstructions of Skuldelev 6, Kraka Fyr and Skjoldungen, is on display at the museum harbour.

Dating: Ca. 1030
Place of construction: Western Norway
Preserved: Ca. 70 %
Material: pine, birch, and oak
Length: 11.2 metres
Breadth: 2.5 metres
Draught: 0.5 metres
Displacement: 3 tons
Original no. of oars: 14
Crew: 5-15 men
Sail area: 26.5 m2
Average speed: 4-5 knots
Top speed: 9-12 knots