As sailors, we always keep an eye on the boat market in Norway. Last weekend a spectacular boat was put on the market – a 72 foot full-scale, fully operational replica of the Oseberg ship, one of the most spectacular Viking ships in the world!
Norway, a land rich in maritime heritage, is home to the awe-inspiring Viking ship Åsa. This magnificent vessel, a full-scale replica of the legendary Oseberg ship, has not only withstood the test of time but has also become a symbol of the seafaring prowess of the Vikings.
Now available for purchase in Norway for just $240,000USD, Åsa presents a unique opportunity for history enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and collectors alike. In this article, we delve into the rich history, intricate craftsmanship, and potential uses of this remarkable vessel.
The Oseberg ship, which Åsa faithfully replicates, was unearthed in 1904 near Tønsberg, Norway, in a grand Viking burial mound. Carbon dating places its origins in the 9th century, during the Viking Age. This stunning discovery offered an unprecedented glimpse into the seafaring and burial practices of the ancient Norse people.
The Oseberg ship’s original purpose is widely believed to have been that of an ornate burial vessel, carrying the remains of two high-ranking women to their final resting place. However, it also serves as a testament to the Viking civilization’s remarkable shipbuilding techniques and navigational prowess.
The meticulous replication of the Oseberg ship, now known as Åsa, is a testament to the dedication and expertise of Norwegian boatbuilders. Crafted from oak plank and ribs with pine mast and flooring, the vessel stands at an impressive 22 meters (72 feet) in length and boasts a remarkable level of detail and authenticity. Every plank, rib, and beam has been painstakingly constructed using traditional techniques and materials, making Åsa a living tribute to Viking craftsmanship.
The ship’s elegant lines, and sweeping, intricately carved bow and stern evoke a sense of adventure and mystique. With its large sail and sturdy construction, Åsa embodies the essence of Viking seafaring vessels, capable of gliding through treacherous waters and exploring distant lands. And with a shallow draft of 60cm (2 feet), it was perfect for entering very shallow waters, beaches and rivers.
Weighing only 9 tons, its light-weight construction is propelled by either 30 rowers, or a 94 square meter square sail at up to 12.5 knots!
Åsa, the faithful replica of the Oseberg ship, stands as a testament to the Viking civilization’s nautical prowess and cultural legacy. Crafted with precision and authenticity, this remarkable vessel offers a gateway to the seafaring adventures of the past.
Whether used for historical exploration, adventurous expeditions, media productions, or as a collector’s item, Åsa represents an invaluable piece of Viking history. With its sale in Norway, the opportunity arises for a fortunate buyer to become the guardian of this extraordinary vessel, ensuring its preservation and continued celebration of the Viking heritage for years to come.
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