The Anglo-Saxon Ship

An Iconic Project

While plans to build a full size replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon ship set the tone for the whole Whisstocks Community Project, the Sae Wylfing small ship replica is out on the road and spreading the message.

The proposed building of a full size working replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon ship is the core project of the WRT, embodying our aims of celebrating our maritime heritage, research, and visitor attraction.

The project started in 2012 with the specifying of the Longshed by the International Boat Building College in Lowestoft specifically to create the space for this 90ft long vessel.

Since then, the Trust has been working with Sutton Hoo, archaeological experts at York University, Southampton University, Roskilde Viking ship centre, and many other international experts to define how the ship should be built, and how best to establish archaeological integrity during the build itself, and the following sea trial programme.

The WRT Anglo-Saxon shipbuild team is headed by Andrew FitzGerald, Paul Constantine and Pete Clay.  The Ship’s Company, chaired by Professor Martin Carver, has been established to oversee the project.

The team recently visited Denmark to view Viking ship replicas in Roskilde and Nydam. Roskilde houses the international important Viking museum, while Nydam is an example of community ship building, where the ship was built by local craftsman under the guidance of expert archaeologists.

Currently discussions are being held to decide exactly how the ship will be built at Whisstocks, and how the expertise of all those who have studied Anglo-Saxon ships and their construction can best be combined at Whisstocks to create a ship build of truly international significance.

Funding is being sought for the construction, and local schools and colleges will be invited to participate in the build.

Further details of the WRT project can be found on the Anglo-Saxon ship team website here: www.woodbridgewaterfront.co.uk