Eel drifter from Fejø, 1904

Viktoria was built of larch on oak by Christian Nielsen from Fejø for a fisherman on the neighbouring island of Askø. The drifter has a centre board, but is otherwise completely flat-bottomed, and can therefore, when the centreboard is lifted, drift sideways while dragging a drift net along the sea bottom. The eels that were caught could be kept alive in the well amidships.

The main mast is rigged with gaffsail, foresail, jib and topsail, while the mizzen mast is rigged
with a lugsail.


Currently the moment is in storage.

Information about Viktoria

Dockyard: Fejø (Denmark)
Boatbuilder: Christian Nielsen
Owner: The Viking Ship Museum 
Year of construction: 1904

Length: 8.30 meter (27 feet)
Width: 2.70 meter (9 feet)
Depth/draft: 0.80 meter (3 feet)
Total sail area: 68 m2
Crew: 2 men
Estimated maximum speed: 8 knots