Trolle

"Áttamannafar" from Svinøy, 2000

Trolle was built at the museum boatyard for the School Service and for taking museum visitors on boat trips. Faeroese boat building traditions were strictly adhered to while building Trolle. The School Service wanted a boat of a size and quality similar to the "áttamannafar" Blakman. However, the museum's Faeroese boatbuilder, Hanus Jensen,
chose to build his own design of "áttamannafar", retaining Blakman's excellent properties, instead of building an exact copy of Blakman. A detailed comparison of the two vessels reveals differences that illustrate the variation of local boat building traditions. The planks second to the keel, the "flábord", are angled more horizontally from the keel on Trolle than on Blakman. The keel on Trolle is also somewhat shorter than on Blakman, but as the two boats have the same overall length, the bow and stern on Trolle are more raked. Trolle
is therefore more stable and a little faster to turn. This is an advantage as it can be impossible to bring the bow of a long-keeled boat back into the waves if the boat has come to lie across heavy breakers.

Trolle was built by rule of thumb and by eye, without designs of any kind. Building Trolle was also rather special because it was part of the training of one of the apprentice boatbuilders at the museum boatyard, Pernille Voss. Hanus Jensen built Trolle's starboard side while Pernille Voss built the port side. This traditional Faeroese boat building method provides simultaneous training and supervision.

Trolle has two masts. The main mast is rigged with a low lugs ail, the upper "triangle" of which can be reefed so that the sail becomes a small square sail. The mizzen mast is rigged with a small spritsail. The oars, however, are the main means of propulsion.

Information about Trolle 

Dockyard: The Viking Ship Museum
Boatbuilder: Hanus Jensen
Owner: The Viking Ship Museum 
Year of construction: 2000


Length: 7.60 meter (25 feet)
Width: 2.00 meter (7 feet)
Depth/draft: 0.40 meter (1 feet)
Total sail area: 10 m2
Number of oars: 8
Crew: 9 men
Estimated maximum speed, sail: 6 knots
Estimated maximum speed, oars: 5 knots