During a visit to Denmsrk in May 2013, my wife and I greatly enjoyed our visit to the Ladby Viking Shjp Grave
and Museum.. It gave us a sense of the courage the Vikings had in sailing the oceans in an open boat with relatively
little free board and one sail and some 32 strong oarsmen to move it.. I wondered how the heavy ship was pulled up the slope from the Fjord and concluded in my mind that it was by the eleven horses which were buried in the Boat along with the Captain.
The actual buried old boat was hard to discern when you first enter the glass enclosed underground chamber until
your eyes adjust to the lighting. I was impressed with the manner that a creative engineer had stabilized the preservation of the boat.
At the Museum Site , the construction of a replica of the boat to scale was fascinating and the description of how the oak logs were split and the method of fastening the lapstreak type hull with iron rivets was most interesting.. I took several pictures of the boat under construction and read about its dimensions as an exact replica of the dimensions of the buried Ladby Viking Boat.
Finally, we enjoyed the Museum itself with the friendly attendant and my wife purchased a small necklace replica of the Viking boat and I purchased a Viking boat and sailed it all the way back from Denmark to Palm Harbor Florida ( in a little box on the SAS flight home ! )
Thanks to Klaus Petersen for taking us to this historic site which we greatly enjoyed and recommend to all
Ralph and Millie Roberts
Palm Harbor Florida USA
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