Talk; Sae Wylfing and Anglo-Saxon sailing

02/07/2023 @ 14:00 – 16:00
John Gibbins Gallery
The Longshed
Tide mill Way
Woodbridge IP12 1FP
Clare Lightfoot

A Talk by Paul Constantine on the 2nd of July at 2.00pm

Anglo-Saxon Sailing?                             

Saxon Sailing?
There is no evidence that the Anglo-Saxon used sails, BUT, many people have been
convinced by a single photograph that proof exists. Edwin & Joyce Gifford’s scale
Graveney boat and the 45ft longboat Sae Wylfing explored the possibilities of sail,
BUT, they could never show that the Anglo-Saxons did sail. This talk looks in detail
at Giff’s sailing modifications; and tries to untangle the questions of construction, the
problems of scale, the myth from the reality and looks at that persuasive picture.
Paul Constantine
The development of the Woodbridge waterfront originated from Paul Constantine’s suggestion that
a full-size reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo Ship could be constructed there. He went on to secure
the long-time loan of Sae Wylfing and Edwin Giffords papers from the Gifford family participating in
visiting schools, events and giving talks about the craft and their history. He engaged in six years of
research on the Anglo-Saxon reconstruction, being an early member of the committees that secured
the Longshed and commenced work on the ship. He is an experienced woodworker, boat builder and

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