Longship is latest attraction at Viking settlement

Murton Park site manager David Thirlwall with the longship at the Viking settlement.

Murton Park site manager David Thirlwall with the longship at the Viking settlement.

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AN ANTIQUE fishing boat has become the latest attraction at a Viking village near York.

The boat is on display among Viking-style houses at Murton Park, where visitors can go and find out more about village life in the Dark Ages.

Dave Thirlwall, site manager at Murton Park, said: "The long ship is a collaborative project with the York Archaeological Trust and we're growing crops together this year and they approached us and said they had this 30-foot Nineteenth Century Norwegian fishing boat which had been donated by the Norwegians during the Viking Festival but they were moving and had nowhere for it to go.

"Although it's 120 years old, it could be 1,020 years old, as the Norwegians never changed the way they build their ships. Now, the public can come and see the boat in an authentic environment, and it shows people what they would have arrive in, which is great."

To find out more about the museum, which has events going on almost every day throughout the summer holidays, go to murtonpark.co.uk

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12:41pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Firedrake says...

Great ... but I hope she's put back on the water from time to time so the planks can "take up". Wooden boats have a tendency to spring apart if allowed to dry out.
Great ... but I hope she's put back on the water from time to time so the planks can "take up". Wooden boats have a tendency to spring apart if allowed to dry out. Firedrake
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