Why are we using green oak to build the Ship?

We often get asked why we are using green oak to build the Ship and why we are (where practicable) using ancient techniques.  Here, Dr Damian Goodburn who knows much, much more about medieval oak than most people,  provides us with many reasons why we should do so.  The photo above shows Damian using a … Continue reading Why are we using green oak to build the Ship?

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Anglo Saxon Ship Open Day

The first open day of 2020 saw a steady stream of very interested visitors. Luckily the weather was in our favour for once and the bright sunny afternoon encouraged people to break from their river walk to come and see what all the noise was. The Crew Members demonstrated how to split willow into blanks … Continue reading Anglo Saxon Ship Open Day

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The Sutton Hoo Ship get donation from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Today a group of Ship’s Co. Volunteer Crew Members travelled over to Sicklesmere near Bury St Edmunds to collect four Ash trees. These four trees are the last available Ash from the Bradfield Woods as the remaining Ash trees have sadly succumbed to Ash dieback. The Ash trees are lovely and straight making them perfect … Continue reading The Sutton Hoo Ship get donation from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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The Anglo-Saxon ship is keeping good company

There have been a few questions about why we are called The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company, as we are not a commercial enterprise. There are of course many meanings of the word company… you can enjoy someone’s company, you can be part of a company have a company policy, you can awkwardly not realise someone … Continue reading The Anglo-Saxon ship is keeping good company

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The Sutton Hoo Ships partners up

We are delighted to have formed a partnership with the Institute for Digital Archaeology, based in Oxford. The Institute  is headed up by Roger Michel who has a particular interest in Anglo-Saxon studies.  As well as financial support (for which we are very grateful), the Institute has huge expertise in digital imaging and visualising ancient artefacts and are helping with … Continue reading The Sutton Hoo Ships partners up

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Sutton Hoo Ship Rivet

In the run up to Christmas we had a fantastic response to our sponsor a fixing scheme.  Sponsoring a rivet has been a very popular gift for grandchildren, Mum’s and Dad’s, Brothers and Sister’s, Uncles and Aunt’s and in one case for a ‘Secret Santa’ gift – much better than socks or a selection pack! … Continue reading Sutton Hoo Ship Rivet

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Anglo-Saxon secret hits the media

The Ship’s Company Directors woke up on Monday to find our website kept crashing, but why? It turned out that the Times newspaper ran a page 3 spread about our reconstruction project which was copied by the Mail on-line – the interest it has all provoked has been incredible. We are very pleased to raise … Continue reading Anglo-Saxon secret hits the media

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5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts identify their 5th rivet

Last Friday we had a number of young people visit us from the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts. During the evening they listened to Paul Constantine tell them about the history of the ship and how it was excavated back in the 1930’s. The group had a tour of the longshed and looked at the plans … Continue reading 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts identify their 5th rivet

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Sutton Hoo Ship links with Rendlesham finds

Rendlesham is more famous for UFOs than Anglo-Saxons. But steady work over recent years has seen the area around St Gregory’s Church and Naunton Hall rise through the rankings to become a nationally significant Anglo-Saxon site. About twenty years ago, holes started being surreptitiously dug there at night. It got worse, and the place was … Continue reading Sutton Hoo Ship links with Rendlesham finds

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Why is the Sutton Hoo Ship fixed with rivets?

Some of the earliest boats known were made from hollowed out logs. As technologies developed these hollowed out logs were extended by adding planks, or strakes, sewn to the upper edges of the log to give more freeboard (the height of the side of the boat which sticks up above the water). Eventually boats and … Continue reading Why is the Sutton Hoo Ship fixed with rivets?

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Sutton Hoo Ship’s Co. ‘Make’s Ship Happen’

7th August 2019 – Press Release A national fundraising campaign is set to “Make Ship Happen” for a £1 million project to build a full-size reconstruction of the 7th century Sutton Hoo ship. The scheme has been launched to pay for the venture, which will bring together archaeologists, historians, experts in construction and shipbuilding and … Continue reading Sutton Hoo Ship’s Co. ‘Make’s Ship Happen’

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Holly mallets and nailing dollies for the Saxon Ship

In recent months Damian Goodburn has introduced us to working with a Holly Mallet which is made from the natural branch growth of a holly tree. When making a Holly mallet the tree is chosen because of the way it grows. The thing to look for is where side branches appear in several places at … Continue reading Holly mallets and nailing dollies for the Saxon Ship

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Sae Wylfing at the British Museum, London

On the 13th July, Sae Wylfing set off at five o’clock on Saturday morning for pride of place at the opening of the British Museum’s contribution to the Festival of Archaeology. Organised by the British Council of Archaeology, the festival runs from 13 to 28 July across the UK. An unintended detour via Trafalgar Square … Continue reading Sae Wylfing at the British Museum, London

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Excitement in the Longshed as the Saxon Ship progresses

This might be a case of whatever turns you on, but we are about to start prepping the Longshed to receive the tree for the keel. This will mark the start of our re-creation of the Sutton Hoo ship later this year. Whatever possible we try to reproduce what the Anglo-Saxons would have done but … Continue reading Excitement in the Longshed as the Saxon Ship progresses

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Woodbridge Regatta – Log Splitting

On Saturday 23rd June Woodbridge hosted their annual Regatta to celebrate all things connected to the river Deben. This was the perfect opportunity to invite Damian Goodburn to the Longshed to demonstrate how to split a large oak log using wedges, hammers and man power. The piece of French Oak arrived from the Crown Estates … Continue reading Woodbridge Regatta – Log Splitting

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Saxon Ship thinks about using a Total Station

Does your pulse quicken when you see those words? Wikipedia describes a total station as “an electronic transit theodolite integrated with electronic distance measurement (EDM) to measure both vertical and horizontal angles and the slope distance from the instrument to a particular point, and an on-board computer to collect data and perform triangulation calculations.” So … Continue reading Saxon Ship thinks about using a Total Station

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Using the natural grain of wood to gain maximum strength

The photographs below show a treenail fixing that was recently made at Roskilde, Denmark. The plank is made of riven oak and the treenail made from carved willow. Note the direction of the grain on the head of the treenail. On the other side, you can see that the slit for the wedge was cut … Continue reading Using the natural grain of wood to gain maximum strength

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From ‘Tree to Sea’ with Damian Goodburn

On the 29th and 30th of April we had the pleasure of hosting Damian Goodburn for a two day workshop about identifying and working with timber ready to be used in ship and boat building so that our volunteers will be skilled up on the techniques that we believe where used on the original Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading From ‘Tree to Sea’ with Damian Goodburn

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What sort of oaks should we use to build the Sutton Hoo Ship?

Whilst we do not know where the oak for the original ship came from – there were only a few traces left on the oxidised iron nails that fixed the planks together – we do know that the wood was still green. That means it was felled just before the build and was much easier … Continue reading What sort of oaks should we use to build the Sutton Hoo Ship?

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A new phase for the Ship’s Co.

In October 2018 we invited experts from across the world to look at our research and preparations to help us finalise the Sutton Hoo Ship plans. This phase is now much closer to completion and the final papers are being worked on ready for publication after Easter. Now in March 2019 as we move from … Continue reading A new phase for the Ship’s Co.

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An Historic Milestone

As we advertise for a Master Shipwright we are one step closer to building this amazing reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo ship and one step closer to understanding more about our Anglo Saxon ancestors. The months and months of research to turn the historical records into a set of usable plans is coming to a … Continue reading An Historic Milestone

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The Ship’s Co. is looking for a Master Shipwright

Master Shipwright We are looking to recruit a part time Master Shipwright who has experience of using green oak with a clinker style construction. For a better understanding of the role please download the Job Description below. To arrange an informal discussion please email contact@saxonship.org The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company_Master Shipwright_Job Description Application deadline: 31st … Continue reading The Ship’s Co. is looking for a Master Shipwright

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Tholier than thou

For hundreds of years either side of the Sutton Hoo ship, North Sea vessels had provision for oars all the way along, with no break in the middle. Our ship has tholes to hook the oars onto. But no traces of them were ever found amidships. Ah, we say, that’s because the burial chamber was … Continue reading Tholier than thou

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Presentation of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Shipwrights plaque

Late last year, we at The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company were delighted to hear from Richard Cole- Mackintosh, Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Richard informed us that the Shipwrights were generously contributing to the education aspects of our ship building project and were ‘proud to be associated with The Ship’s Company’. Their donation … Continue reading Presentation of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Shipwrights plaque

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Worshipful Company of Shipwrights

What could be more appropriate to the reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo ship than support from the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. The original purpose of the Company 700 years ago was to safeguard the quality of shipbuilding in London.  This continues today with the presentation of annual awards of excellence. The Company maintains its strong links … Continue reading Worshipful Company of Shipwrights

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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

An interesting article published by the Southhampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) Link to article (will open in a new tab) Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) is a unique, internationally recognised centre of excellence for research, innovation and education. Their work spans both the natural ocean environment (marine) and human use of the sea … Continue reading Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

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Ships and violins

Ordinarily one would find little in common between an Anglo-Saxon ship and a Stradivarius violin. (Okay clever clogs- yes they are both made of wood! ) But here is a clue: it is actually inaccurate to refer to an Anglo-Saxon ship when there is only one– the Sutton Hoo burial ship. Now we come to … Continue reading Ships and violins

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Burying a skiff

I was talking to Pete Clay the other day.  As well as being a Director of the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company AND Woodbridge Riverside Trust, he’s the doyen of the skiff builders in the Longshed. For readers who are just focused on the Sutton Hoo Shipbuild, skiff building is one of the other things going … Continue reading Burying a skiff

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Dan Snow visits Woodbridge

Last night Dan Snow talked about his new book ‘On This Day in History’, to a packed house at The Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge. The book, which is yet to go on sale, has 366 historical events set out as a historical diary. Naturally everyone radiated towards the date of their birthday, mine being the … Continue reading Dan Snow visits Woodbridge

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Rosalind Love on rowing songs..

In conversation Rosalind Love, Reader in Insular Latin and a Fellow of Robinson College Cambridge, shares some of her thoughts… ‘I like the idea of rowing songs – I have never thought of it in the context of Old English verse and am not certain what there is that would or could work that way: … Continue reading Rosalind Love on rowing songs..

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The Size and Shape of the Ship’s Hull

One of the main topics of conversation at the recent Ship’s Co. International Symposium was the size and shape of the hull structure. Prior to the event on the 6th October 2018, Dr Julian Whitewright and Pat Tanner presented three papers to the delegates which consolidated their research and understanding of the hull structure, hydrostatics … Continue reading The Size and Shape of the Ship’s Hull

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The Ship’s Co. International Symposium

On Saturday 6th October, experts from all over the world met at The Longshed in Woodbridge, Suffolk to exchange views on the ‘Phase 1’ plans for building the 29m Anglo-Saxon Ship that was buried at Sutton Hoo in the seventh Century. Whilst many parts of the plan are already reliable hypotheses, a number of questions … Continue reading The Ship’s Co. International Symposium

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Symposium reported by BBC

On the morning of the 6th October Jacqui Burgoyne and Nic Rigby of the BBC publish an article about The Ship’s Co. International Symposium which is to take place that day. Link To BBC News Website – Sutton Hoo: Computer image of Anglo-Saxon ship unveiled Jacqui will be attending the Symposium and gathering more information … Continue reading Symposium reported by BBC

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New picture of the Anglo-Saxon Ship

Ahead of the International Symposium on the 6 October, Pat Tanner (3D Scanning Ireland Ltd) has released this stunning picture showing just how big the ship will be. The image is scaled by the addition of one person but imagine what it will be like with up to 40 people at the oars.  

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Woodbridge Regatta

From the point of view of the Ship’s Company, Woodbridge Regatta on June 17, 2018 was a great success.  What we have to display at the moment is a big banner explaining the timeline – but also the even bigger full size ship banner on the north wall of the Longshed.  It impresses every time.  … Continue reading Woodbridge Regatta

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Sutton Hoo: Top British heritage site

Sutton Hoo is listed as one of the new top 10 of heritage sites mapping out the history of England! Historic England has just published a new list of important sites in our English history and Sutton Hoo is firmly at the top. The finds at Sutton Hoo are the oldest entry in the Top … Continue reading Sutton Hoo: Top British heritage site

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Getting it into perspective

You remember those tricks of perspective, like the line with arrowheads at the end facing inward that looked shorter than the line with arrowheads at the end pointing outwards?  And the drawing that either looked like a vase or two people facing each other – but you couldn’t see both things at once?  Well, the … Continue reading Getting it into perspective

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A new home for the Saxon Ship

The Longshed has been built on the former Whisstocks site on the water front in Woodbridge. The building can be seen in the photographs below as the shorter construction to the left of the colourful residential flats. The Longshed building will carry on the traditional boatbuilding and maritime theme that Whisstocks provided to the town … Continue reading A new home for the Saxon Ship

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Size is everything

The life size banner of the Anglo Saxon Ship has been put up in The Longshed. This shows the true perspective and enormity of the building project. Paul Constantine, of The Sutton Hoo Ships Company, can be seen standing in front of the mid section to give an indication of the height.

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Scanning the Longshed

April 12th, 2018 Having finally secured the lease of the spectacular Longshed on Woodbridge Waterfront, we finally get to go inside. From the outside all you can see is a roller door nestled in amongst the other buildings but once inside you realise just how big and ‘long’ this shed is! Teaming up with Julian … Continue reading Scanning the Longshed

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Saxon Ship website starts to take shape

After several months of meeting, the Sutton Hoo Ships Company are in a position to start sharing more about the project and are building a dedicated ‘Saxon Ship’ website. The planning of the website has shown just how big and how complex this project is. The site needs to appeal to an audience ranging from … Continue reading Saxon Ship website starts to take shape

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