Skuldelev 2 is an
oak-built, sea-going warship, a long ship, possibly of the skeid
is approximately 30 m long and 3.8 m wide, and would have had a
crew of 70-80.
Dendrochronology showed that the ship was built in the Dublin
area around 1042. The shape of
the ship would have allowed for great speed, up to 15 knots (28
km/h) with a rowing crew of
60 and higher under sail. It is one of the longest Viking-ship
The replica of the Skuldelev 2 long ship sails again. Length:
29,4 m Breadth: 3,8 m Crew: 60
- 100 men The replicas name is "Havhingsten fra Glendalough"
which means "The sea stallion
from Glendalough". The name refers to the fact, that the
original ship was build in Ireland.
The dendrocronological test performed on the original ship
timber shows that the wood once
grow in an area just south of the Viking town Dublin. Gendalough
is a small village south of
Dublin which is well known for its good quality of oak timber.
It is very likely that the
viking used timber from that exact area already 1000 years