Viking Long Ship Exhibit
Timahoe Heritage Festival
Paul Kavanagh, Lakes Vikings, will display a Viking Longship, which is reconstructed based on the Skuldelev 3, which was built in 1040, and discovered in Denmark in 1962. The longship will be moored in Timahoe for both days of this year’s festival – June 3rd & 4th.
The longship Skuldelev 3 is an ancient Viking vessel that dates back to the 11th century. This impressive ship was discovered in the Roskilde Fjord in Denmark in 1962, where it had sunk over 900 years earlier.
The Skuldelev 3 longship is a remarkable example of Viking shipbuilding technology, with its design optimized for both speed and maneuverability. It is 14.5 meters long and 3.3 meters wide, with a shallow draft that allowed it to navigate even the shallowest waters.
Archaeologists believe that the Skuldelev 3 was primarily used as a warship, due to its sleek and streamlined design, which would have allowed it to move quickly and easily through the water. It is also thought to have been used for raiding and transporting troops during Viking military campaigns.
Today, the Skuldelev 3 can be seen on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark, along with several other Viking ships that were discovered in the same area. The museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about Viking shipbuilding techniques, as well as the role that ships played in Viking society and culture.