Make your way to Reginald’s Tower in the Viking Triangle and just outside, to the right of the entrance, you'll find a 40ft Viking Long Boat with a red sail named Vadrarfjordr – the Viking name for Waterford.
The Viking Longboat was built by a group of men in Waterford, including a cabinet maker, a carpenter, a plumber, an architect, an electrician, a welder, a coastguard and a joiner, all aged from their mid-20s to their mid-50s. The keel and planks of the longboat are of Irish oak, mostly sourced from a mill in Carlow, and the sailcloth is a canvas weave with polyester threaded through it. The Vadrarfjordr longboat is modelled on one of the famous Viking ships found at Roskilde, in Denmark. An analysis of the wood used in its construction shows that one of these ships (Skuldelev 2) came from the Dublin area in Ireland with timbers felled in 1042-1043 AD. In about the year 1070 the inhabitants of Roskilde scuttled five ships in the narrow mouth of their fjord, in an attempt to barricade themselves against attacks by their fellow Vikings.
The project was aided by the Irish State agency with responsibility for training and skills which afforded participants opportunities for learning and to develop and fine tune the traditional skills required for building the longboat.
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