'Fantastic day' as keel arrives and Sutton Hoo ship build begins
- Credit: Sutton Hoo Ship's Company
The backbone of the Sutton Hoo replica ship will now begin to come together after the structure's keel was delivered.
The Sutton Hoo longship, which inspired the new Netflix film The Dig, is being carefully restored from scratch by volunteers at The Longshed in Woodbridge, after it was buried more than 1,400 years ago.
And today the build became even more exciting as the keel pieces were trailered to The Longshed from The Sutton Hoo Ship's Company's second site along the A12 in Wickham Market.
The keel is the lengthwise timber structure along the base of a ship, which supports the framework of the ship.
Simon Steel, trustee of the project, said: "It was a fantastic day for The Sutton Hoo Ship's Company.
"We now have the keel blanks in The Longshed to begin the first steps of the build, laying the backbone of the Sutton Hoo ship.
"The next six to eight months will see the completion of the outer hull but we need as much support as possible with our Crowdfunder and donations to ensure we can maintain this momentum.
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"Very many thanks to all who have contributed!"
The ship is being built using tools that our Anglo-Saxon predecessors would have used, such as axes, and is expected to be complete in 2023, when it will finally set sail on the River Deben.
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The build has been going on for the past few years, just a few miles away from the mound at Sutton Hoo, where the iconic burial ship was found in 1939.
Teams have now raised more than £16,000 towards funding the build, but are still seeking more support to help their vision come to life.