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Dublin’s Viking Warship Arrives from Denmark

Departure from Roskilde The world’s largest reconstruction of a Viking longship will probably arrive to Dublin today about 1:30 p.m. The Sea Stallion and her 65 men crew left the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark June 1st.

The Sea Stallion of Glendalough – was built at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark between 2000 and 2004 being a precise reconstruction of a Viking ship originally built in Dublin in the year 1042. 30 years later the original ship was scuttled in Danish waters at the mouth of Roskilde Fjord as part of the city’s defence.

The Sea Stallion departs from Roskilde“This is one of the largest marine archaeological experiments ever carried out. We are honoured and deeply grateful that Ireland welcomes the ship, the crew and the project in such a warm atmosphere. We understand that the Vikings were not always so welcome. This time the crew on board The Sea Stallion promise to behave.” says director of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Tinna Damgaard-Soerensen.

The Sea Stallion at Lindesnes on the 13th of July. Photo: Morten NielsenThe Irish Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism Mr. John O’Donoghue has announced financial support to the Sea Stallion experiment, making the historic Viking ship expedition this summer a truly Danish-Irish project.

A full ceremonial welcome will be afforded the Sea Stallion on its emotional arrival at Custom House Quay in the Dublin Docklands on 14th August at 1.30 pm. A naval ship, the LE Roisin and other smaller official vessels will provide a ceremonial escort.

Alongside the official arrival ceremony in the presence of Danish and Irish VIPs, there shall be music and spectacle and a Viking Village at the Quayside for two days. The Sea Stallion will be on view to the public from the quay. On Thursday the ship will be moved by road to the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks and from Friday 17th August 2007, will become the centrepiece of the Museum’s Viking Exhibition. It will stay there until June 2008.

The National Museum Of Ireland Exhibition began on 28th June at Collins Barracks, Dublin where visitors could track the voyage from Roskilde to Dublin on large screens and learn about the discovery of the archaeological remains of the construction of the replica warship.

The crew will be entertained with tours in Dublin and it is planned to plant some oak trees in Glendalough as a living reminder of the visit.


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Visit to the Roskilde Viking Museum and get the full story from the beginning. Combine with a round trip to Copenhagen and Sweden” Around the Sound” for an exciting historical culture experience. Contact Travel Gate Sweden at

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