Viking ship


The Viking ship Erik Emune

In the early 1980s five sunk Viking ships were discovered in a barrier at the mouth of the bay of Foteviken just to the north-east of Höllviken in south-westen Scania, Sweden. During a marine archaeological examination one of the ships was recovered, and it is this ship that the skilled marine archaeologists and ship builders of the SVEG association, lead by Jan Mellring, constructed a full scale copy of. The eleven meters long ship was named Erik Emune after the Scanian king who stood victorious after the Battle of Foteviken in the year 1134. 

The ship is narrow and had fourteen oarsmen, indicating it was a small war ship. In total it can carry 20 men. With the sail it can reach high velocities. Even during a lul the 14 oars can propel the ship at amazing speeds. It is likely the original was used as a patrol ship to guard the beaches of the bays of Höllviken and Foteviken a thousand years ago. 


In 1998 the ship Erik Emune was brought on a trailer by the SVEG association to Stockholm where it participated in the sailing regatta during the Cultural capital year. Afterward the ship team sailed Erik Emune to Birka. 

In 1999 our ship was brought by the SVEG association to the large Viking market in Normandy, where she proudly plowed through the waves of the English channel. 

In 2000 the SVEG ship team and Erik Emune rounded the northern point of Zealand in Denmark and made its way to the Roskilde Viking market.