Viking War Ship 'The Sea Stallion' home in Denmark !
The Sea Stallion from Glendalough is approaching the culmination of the biggest experimental project in the history of marine archaeology.
It took 48 hours to sail the 260 nautical miles non-stop from Den Helder in Holland to the shelter of the Danish fjord. Most of this long trip was across the North Sea. Once in the Limfjord, the course was set for Glyngøre, where the 60 members of the crew will get a well-deserved rest for a night after the long and relatively hard sailing in the North Sea with gusts up to gale force at times. The choleric wind was no problem, however, for the reconstruction sailed well as it rode the waves with the wind behind it.
Skuldelev 2 ('The Sea Stallion') was found in 1957 during the first underwater archaeological investigations by divers in Peberrenden, Roskilde Fjord. It was excavated together with the other Skuldelev ships in 1962. In the first instance the size of the ship surprised the archaeologists and it was presumed to represent the remains of two vessels. It was first during the subsequent analyses that it became clear that there was only one ship but of previously unseen dimensions.
In 1990, the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde began building its first reconstruction of a longship which was similarly based in Skuldelev 5 and, in so doing, brought experimental long ship archaeology within a professional framework. The building, in 2000-2004, of the Skuldelev 2 reconstruction the Sea Stallion from Glendalough, and the vessel's subsequent sea trials, constitute the most comprehensive project of this nature to date.
More than 10 million homes will be able to follow the Sea Stallion’s journey from Roskilde to Dublin when Viasat History premieres the BBC TV Timewatch programme ‘Viking Voyage’.
People in 24 countries across Europe will now have the opportunity to see the BBC History programme on the Sea Stallion's voyage from Roskilde to Dublin in 2007.
The story of the Sea Stallion’s historic voyage has already achieved international attention in countries as far away as China, South Africa and Australia. With the premiere of ‘Viking Voyage’, the story will reach an even greater public from Scandinavia in the north to Bulgaria in southern Europe, and all the way to Russia and Kazakhstan in the east. ‘Viking Voyage’ was produced as part of the BBC’s popular and respected Timewatch series, and when Viasat History premieres the programme on 17 August it will be the first time that it has been shown outside the United Kingdom. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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