The replica Viking longship voyage from Denmark to Dublin and back is over
The 100ft Vikingship reconstruction ‘Seastallion of Glendalough’, has returned to its home port of Roskilde, Denmark to a grand welcome from thousands of well-wishers.
Featured in PBO during the outward voyage last summer to Dublin, the vessel spent the winter at the maritime museum in Dublin.
The Sea Stallion is a reconstruction of the 30-meter-long warship exhibited in the Viking Ship Museum. Representing the pinnacle of Viking technology, she is one of the ocean-going longships whose praise is sung in sagas and skaldic verse. The original vessel was built by Vikings in Dublin and ended her days in the late 11th century when she was scuttled to block Roskilde Fjord.
The Sea Stallion from Glendalough was built at the museum’s boatyard in 2000-2004. She was built with replicas of Viking tools, using the same methods and materials as in the original ship.
The purpose of the voyage was to test and document the seaworthiness, speed and manoeuvrability of the ship on the open sea and in coastal waters.
The ship was sailed and rowed by a crew of 70 made up of members of the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum staff and 120 volunteers who took turns in joining the 70-man crew.