Embla

"Seksæring" from Eidi on Faeroe Islands, 1992

This large, twelve-man vessel was built of pine at Eidi on the Faeroe Islands by Simun Johan Wolles for the Viking Ship Museum and is used for taking schoolchildren sailing on Roskilde Fjord. This type of boat was rare in olden days, but a few boats of this size were used for transporting goods and people.

Embla is rigged with a trapezoidal sail with a low centre of pressure, a sail type that was used for large transport vessels up until the 1870s.

Information about Embla

Dockyard: Eidi, Færøerne (Denmark)
Boatbuilder: Simun Johan Wolles from Eidi
Owner: The Viking Ship Museum 
Year of construction: 1992


Length: 10.00 meter (33 feet)
Width: 2.40 meter (8 feet)
Depth/draft: 0.45 meter (1 feet)
Weight: 1.35 tons 
Total sail area: 20 m2
Number of oars: 12
Deplacement: 3-4 tons
Crew: 13-14 men
Estimated maximum speed, oars: 5 knots
Estimated maximum speed, sail: 7.5 knots