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The Hjortspring Boat

The Hjortspring Boat is northern Europe’s oldest plank-built vessel. The boat is almost 20 metres long. This fast, flexible vessel weighed 530 kilos and could carry 24 men with weapons as well as other gear. The boat consists of a bottom plank and two wide planks on each side, sewn together with bast. The ends of the boat are held together by two blocks. At both ends the boat is furnished with two curving extensions. The planks are of lime wood and the paddles of maple. The Hjortspring Boat is evidence of shipbuilding with roots dating back to the Bronze Age.

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