We are moving slowly towards our goal. Abstract. Although we have 4 years altogether from the starting pointin 2009, until our Viking Ship is ready for exhibition in 2013, there are several tasks to perform and we are busy. Fortunately, our plans and budget were given a very positive treatment by and full support from the Augustinusfonden [...]
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We have the shape of the ship and its keelson – the information required for giving the keelson its correct shape before vacuum freeze-drying. The 8 parts have been impregnated for 10 years in Polyethyleneglycol 2000 and are now ready for the drying process. Our blacksmith, Lotte, has prepared the iron bars with “forks” to fit the individual pieces. Each part is fixed in the right shape, wrapped in plastic before freezing. After freezing, they are unwrapped and vacuum freeze dried for 5 months in the drying chamber.
The shape of the individual timbers has to be known before the wood is dried. The dry shape of the individual timbers will be based upon the initial reconstruction of the ship torso. The reconstruction is based upon the 1:1 documentation of the preserved parts of the ship after excavation. The 1:1 folio drawings of the timbers are reduced to 1:10, transferred to cardboard and cut out. The individual planks are connected by pins secured through the nail holes. When inserting the models of the frames into the flexible shell of planks, they reinforce the hull torso to an almost stiff construction. From this construction, the final shape of the hull can be created.
In 1997, excavations in the harbor of Roskilde Fjord revealed several ship wrecks. One of these wrecks, wreck no. 6, was the remains of a 37 meter long warship dating to about 1025.
Being 6 meters longer than the Skuldelev 2 ship (The Sea Stallion of Glendalough), this is the longest Viking ship preserved. The ship could hold a crew of about 100 men. Although only 25% of the ship is preserved, many interesting features can be recognized in the wreck.
The ship was dismantled upon excavation. Presently, the ship consists of approximately 200 pieces. All timbers are situated at the Danish National Museum, The Conservation Department. The basic idea is that the individual ship parts are impregnated, freeze-dried and mounted in supports that allow easy and safe storage, transport, handling and mounting for exhibition – world wide.