The Viking ship in the burial mound of Gokstad, Norway
In 1880 a Viking ship from the 9th century was found and excavated in a burial mound at Gokstad in Sandar, Norway.
The Gokstad ship was made of oak, clinker-built, 23 m long and had oar holes for 32 oarsmen, though it could carry a much larger crew. Meanwhile several replicas have been built that proved the ship to be seaworthy and being able to reach to a speed of 12 knots with the 110 m² sail.
The ship is currently on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway.
The Gokstad ship model,
photos, description and dimensions
The model was built Jan van den Heuvel, Philippine
(Terneuzen), Netherlands, in 1982 to 1984. The building of the model was based
on the following sources :
a) Plans at 1 : 20 scale from “Universitetets Oldsaksamling
Oslo” drawn by Knut A. Hansen, April 1955. Mr. van den Heuvel frequently
consulted Mr. Arne Emil Christensen, conservator of Universitetets
Oldsaksamling Oslo, concerning constructional details. His help was of great
b) “Das Gokstadschiff und seine Boote” by Werner Dammann,
Arbeitskreis historischer Schiffbau e.V., Heidesheim
c) “The Viking Ships” by A.W. Brøgger and Haakon Shetelig,
Dreyers Forlag, 1951, ISBN 82 09 000 30 6 .
This model of the Gokstad ship is an excellent, very
elegant model, a true master piece.
The ship model is 1 : 20 scale. Length is 117 cm, width 45 cm, height 90 cm.
The ship can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.
The boat was built like a real ship, including the interior timberwork, as can be seen on some photos of the building process.
There are more pictures, several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging including some more explanations. Click images to enlarge!
This model has already been sold. 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.