Odin's Raven

Odin's Raven is a 2/3 scale replica of the Gokstad ship, which was sailed from Trondheim to Peel, Isle of Man, by a joint Manx and Norwegian crew. The project formed part of the 1979 Manx Millenium Celebrations, and was conceived and planned by local businessman Robin Bigland.[1][2][3]

Technical details

Odin's Raven is 50 ft (15 m) in length, 11 ft (3.4 m) beam, and 3 ft (0.91 m) draft to keel, (4 ft 6 in (1.37 m) draft to steering oar). She was built at Rød Båtbyggeri,[4] Fredrikstad, Elingaardskilen, near the entrance to Oslofjord.[5]

Technical advice was obtained from Alan Binns of Hull University, who sailed for the first half of the voyage; Eric Rudstrom, a fembøring sailor; and Rolf Hansen, who had extensive experience of sailing traditional square-rigged boats. She is clinker-built of oak with galvanised iron fasteners, and her frames are lashed in place with nylon cord. A 20 HP motor was provided for safety reasons, but rarely used. The boat was skippered by Eddie Kaighin.[6]

Following sea trials on Oslofjord, Odin's Raven was shipped to Trondheim.[7]

Route of the voyage

Setting out from Trondheim on 27 May 1979, she was sailed by her crew of 16 via:

arriving at Peel, Isle of Man on 5 July 1979 (Tynwald Day).[8][3]

As well as being followed by a film crew for BBC TV, the story of the project and the voyage was recorded in a book by Michael Ingram "The Voyage of Odin's Raven".[8]

Museum exhibit

Odin's Raven is displayed as a museum exhibit at the House of Manannan in Peel, in the former Peel railway station.[9]


  1. Margarita Gokun Silver, Published May 13, 2016 'A Modern-Day Viking Voyage' hakaimagazine.com, Accessed 12 May 2017
  2. 'Largest replica Viking longship ever built visits Isle of Man' Accessed 12 May 2017
  3. BBC > Isle of Man > People > 'In the company of Vikings', 04/08/2009; Archived 13/11/2014 bbc.co.uk/isleofman, Accessed 12 May 2017
  4. Viking Longship Odins Raven in "Vesterled" see section "Building of the Viking ship by Roed Boatbilders" anesite.com/vikinglongship, Accessed 25 November 2018
  5. Ingram, Chapters 2/3 pp. 24-43
  6. Ingram, p. 19
  7. Ingram, p. 43
  8. Ingram, Op. Cit.
  9. "House of Manannan". iomguide.com. Isle of Man Guide. Retrieved 2017-05-12.


  • Ingram, Michael (1982). The Voyage of Odin's Raven (with an introduction by Magnus Magnusson). Clearwater Publishing Limited. ISBN 0946363005.

Website for Rød Båtbyggeri roedbaatbyggeri.no, Accessed 25 November 2018)

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.