Viking ship model Skuldelev 5

   

Viking ship model Skuldelev 5 of A.D. 1040

    

Scale 1 : 25, length 70 cm, width 24 cm, height 42 cm,
More photos: of entire ship, of details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!
   
The Viking ship finds at Skuldelev, Denmark
 
A fine description of the Skuldelev finds is given on the Website of the Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde:
 
The later years of the 11th century were tough and troubled times. The Vikings therefore established a series of blockades in Roskilde Fjord to protect Roskilde, the then capital of Denmark, against attack by sea.
 
The five ships on display in the Viking Ship Hall were scuttled to form a blockade in the Peberrende, a natural channel in Roskilde Fjord near Skuldelev, some 20 km north of Roskilde. That is why they are known as the Skuldelev ships. They were excavated from the sea bed in 1962. The blockade was surrounded by iron sheet piling and the site then drained. In less than four months, the five ships were successfully excavated in thousands of pieces. There then remained the colossal task of conserving the timber fragments and, not least, of assembling all the pieces of the jigsaw to recreate five Viking ships.
 
The find contained five different ship types, which together provide a unique impression of Viking shipbuilding skills and craftsmanship. 

 
At the museum one can have a look at replicas of the Viking ships. They can be even used for boat trips, which was a lot of fun when we visited the museum in 2009. I took many photos, then.
 
The ship Skuldelev 5 was a small warship, length 17.5 m, that was built in A.D. 1040. With a crew of up to 30 men it could go by 14 knots under sail.
 

 
The Skuldelev 5 model, photos, description and dimensions
 
The ship model was built with sail on port tack. The plans for it I took from the book of Ole Crumlin-Pedersen, Olaf Olson, The Skuldelev Ships I, Topography, Archaeology, History, Conservation and Display, The Viking Ship Museum Roskilde 2002, ISBN 8785180467.
   
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging. If you click on a photo you will get that photo in high resolution. Only these high resolution photographs show how much work and handicraft ability were put in the model.
 
Viewing the high resolution photos: If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox, press F11 to minimize navigation bars and have a larger screen with the photos. The high resolution photos are about 5 megapixel. So they are much larger than your 0.8 - 2 megapixel computer screen. Most browsers by default downsize the pictures to screen size, so you cannot see all the details of the ship models. To see the original resolution move the mouse over the pictures and click on the magnifying lens.
 
This model of the Skuldelev 5 Viking ship is a true masterpiece. It was built by Mr. Viktor Ovcharov, Sevastopol, Ukraine, with much love to details.  He also made the model of the Oseberg ship.
 
The ship model is 1 : 25 scale. Length is 70 cm, width 24 cm, height 42 cm.
The ship can be taken out of the stand. The two-piece stand is just stuck on the keel and can be removed, if one wants to hang the model or use another type of stand. The small iron rings at bow and stern are only for hanging the model.  
  
This model is not available for sale. The pictures and the data are shown in the gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such a model by himself.