Sae Wylfing

Sae Wylfing is the half size working replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo- Saxon ship – half size in length, but only an eighth of the size of the full ship by volume.

The Sae Wylfing (sea wolf cub in Anglo Saxon language) was built by Edwin Gifford in 1993 to explore ideas then current on the shape of the ship, and to test it as a sailing boat. It is currently being cared for by the Woodbridge Riverside Trust.

Sae Wylfing arrives at Woodbridge August 2014

After 14 years of being on dry land, in 2017 Sae Wylfing was on on the river for filming of Life on the Deben, and as backdrop for performances of The King’s River.

Sae Wylfing is an ambassador for the Trust and the project to build on the Woodbridge waterfront – a full-size replica Sutton Hoo ship.

Sae Wylfing will shortly be moored on the river next to the Whisstocks slip way where she will remain for the next few months. Her job is to remind us of this part of our local Anglo Saxon heritage. She will also on occasion be loaned to the Sutton Hoos Ships Company for the training of their rowing crews for the full size replica

More information can be found on the Sae Wylfing team website

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Some special thanks:

Woodbridge Riverside Trust is very grateful to Suffolk Coastal District Council for the financial support they have given towards the cost of maintaining and managing Sae Wylfing. This has been made available through the Enabling Communities Grants scheme.

The Woodbridge Boatyard who have stored her in their boatyard during the pandemic lockdowns and have recently carried out necessary repairs to her hull

Melton Boatyard who have launched and recovered her on several occasions over the past few years