The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company has 90 volunteers all working in different crews to either build, record, research, promote or administrate the ship build. The volunteers come from all walks of life but have a single shared passion to build the replica ship and see it on the water.

During the festival, you will be greeted by Crew Mates and watch demonstrations provided by the Production Crew. You will also be able to talk to other shipwrights and volunteers who are all playing an important part in making this project happen.

How to caulk a ship and hammer in a rivet

Using modern materials and manageable tools, this workshop will help children to appreciate what it was like to add waterproofing fabric between wooden planking and secure them with metal nails and roves. The workshops will teach youngsters just how many hammer hits it takes to peen over one rivet! The recommended age range is 9-12 and all children need to have a responsible adult with them.

SAD7a: ‘How to caulk a ship and hammer in a rivet children’s activity’ with Ship’s Company Volunteers, Saturday 10 September at 12 – 12.30 in The Longshed, Woodbridge
SAD7b: ‘How to caulk a ship and hammer in a rivet children’s activity’ with Ship’s Company Volunteers, Saturday 10 September at 12.30 – 1 pm in The Longshed, Woodbridge
SUD4a: ‘How to caulk a ship and hammer in a rivet children’s activity’ with Ship’s Company Volunteers, Sunday 11 September at 1 – 1.30 pm in The Longshed, Woodbridge
SUD4b: ‘How to caulk a ship and hammer in a rivet children’s activity’ with Ship’s Company Volunteers, Sunday 11 September 1.30 – 2 pm in The Longshed, Woodbridge

Riveting Rivets

Members of the Ship’s Company will explanation of how a rivet is made, along with a demonstration of how they are fixed into the ship.

SAD9: ‘Riveting Rivets’ with Ship’s Company Volunteers, Saturday 10 September at 2 – 3 pm in The Longshed, Woodbridge

Wooden trenails

A trenail is a wooden peg or plug that is used to join parts of the ship together. The Ship’s Crew will reveal how the combination of different types of wood and a very clever design make these wooden plugs strong enough to secure two parts of the ship together for many many years

SAD10: ‘Wooden trenails’ with Ship’s Company Volunteers, Saturday 10 September at 3 – 4 pm in The Longshed, Woodbridge