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 is currently 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. At some time soon , once the covid pandemic problems have eased, she will be landed and taken on her trailer to a few major events in the county where she will be accompanied by a band of Anglo-Saxons (re-enactors, that is), dressed in full costume, demonstrating the way of life of people living during that period. Coin making, weaving, grain milling and other activities are included in some events, and visitors are usually able to try out these skills.

Details of the Sae Wylfing visitor programme and demonstrations , once established, will be  included on the events calendar.

More information can be found on the Sae Wylfing team website

Have some fun VOLUNTEERING at a Sae Wylfing event. There are several roles for volunteers, transporting the boat and getting her ready for display, guiding visitors on and off the boat, helping with craft activities, and more. Just a few hours or so will get you to the heart of the event!

If you want to know more about

  • Sae Wylfing activities
  • booking the boat for events
  • volunteering

please contact the Sae Wylfing team on

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