The Ladby Dragon

On May 14, 2016, the Ladby Dragon was christened and launched.

After 5 years of construction at the shipyard in front of the museum, 40 men and women were able to pull the big ship on rollers down to Kerteminde Fjord, where it rested for a few days, waiting for the big day: the Launch.


The Viking ship
For now, the Ladby Dragon rocks gently in the water during the summer season. In the winter it will be pulled onto land to be maintained and cared for. Museum guests are welcome to walk onto the dock for a closer look at the ship, but there is no admittance on board.

Facts for ship enthusiasts;
The Ladby Ship belongs to the category of long ships. Almost everything on the ship was built or crafted by hand by volunteer boat builders under the skilled instruction of a professionally trained boat builder.

Technical data:
Length: 21.5 metres (70’ 6”)
Width: 3 metres (ca. 10’)
Height: 1 metre (3’ 3”)
Draft: 1/2 metre (1’ 8”)

Materials: The ship itself is made of oak, felled in a local forest. The upper row of planks is of ash. The mast and the oars are of fir. The fore and the aft stems are called stepped stems, and each is hewn out of one piece of wood.

Ribs: 17, with about 95 cm (1 yard) between them.

Strakes: 8 on each side.

Keel: Total length: 18.2 metres (ca. 60 ‘). It is comprised of three pieces, one being 15.4 metres (50’ 6”) and extended at both ends with pieces that are 1.5 metres (ca. 5’) long.

Rivets and nails: a total of 2092 pieces, of iron.

Oars: 32. Each oar weighs 16 kg. (35 lbs. 4 oz.).

Mast, rudder and rigging: Not found during excavation, but shroud rings were found on both railings. The mast is ca. 11 metres (36’) tall and weighs 200 kg. (441 lbs.).

Weight: The Ladby Dragon weighs 3164 kg. (6,891.65 lbs.) and carries 900 kg. (1,984 lbs.) of ballast.

Sail: The sail is being created from linen cloth which will be dyed blue and yellow. The sail is approximately 65 sq.metres (700 sq. ft.) in size.

The anchor: Norwegian iron.

Paint: The ship is painted with yellow and blue linseed oil paint, since during the excavation in 1935, traces of yellow and blue paint were found.


Ghost ship in Kertinge Bay
September 8 - October 21, 7-10 PM
Munkebo Harbour

A Viking ghost ship will be created out of light and water alone, on the water off Munkebo Harbour.



The Ladby Dragon launched for a new season
18. June 2018
Vikingemuseet Ladby

The Ladby Dragon was launched along with a demonstration of Viking fighting and special holiday buns.

The new Viking house at Bytoften will be finished by the summer
28. March 2018
Landscape and Archaeology

The first turf has been dug for the new Viking house. It will tie things together at this exciting, recreative area with its deep historical roots.

The Ladby Dragon was in the finals of the Funen Culture Prize
5. December 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

We can say, with pride, that our beautiful Ladby Dragon, launched on May 11, 2016, was one of five finalists for the Funen Culture Prize 2017.

The signal made it!
5. December 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

It worked! It is possible to send a message over long distances with the help of beacons with signal fires - and it is fast!