'Stick an oar in' to help make ship happen


13 November 2019
History enthusiasts encouraged to 'stick an oar in' by sponsoring one of 84 oars that will be part of the rebuild of an Anglo Saxon ship.

A team of experts is currently reconstruction the Anglo Saxon ship that was buried at Sutton Hoo more than 1,000 years ago.

The oars, which are being made to row the vessel once it is completed, are being offered up to Anglo Saxon enthusiasts for £1,000 each in exchange for having their name burnt into the wood.

Raising a 'ghost ship'

Philip Leech, chairman and director of the Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company, which is responsible for the build, said: “This is a hugely exciting project which will see archaeologists, historians, experts in shipbuilding and volunteers come together to raise a ghost ship.

“We hope there will be lots of people out there who would like to ‘own’ part of this adventure and see their name emblazoned on an oar. But it’s a limited number that can sponsor an oar so it will be first come first served.

The 90ft ship is being built in the Longshed, Woodbridge, leased by Woodbridge Riverside Trust.

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How to get involved

For more information, or to sponsor an oar, visit the Make Ship Happen website.

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(image copyright the Make Ship Happen project)