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.


Launching the Ladby Dragon
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4:00-8:00 PM
The Viking Museum at Ladby

Now the Ladby Dragon is ready for another season on the water!


The mast has been raised on the Ladby Dragon
26. September 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

Now the reconstructed Ladby Ship has been fitted out with mast and rigging.

We will soon expand the Viking Museum
26. September 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

With the newly acquired acreage (4.5 hectares, or 11.1 acres) at our disposal, we can now improve accessability, expand our teaching facilities and make the museum an even better place for an outing.

The Sword Bead from Munkebo Hill was a Showpiece
26. September 2017
Landscape & Archaeology

A proud and a wealthy Viking must have owned the sword that had a sword bead on it, which was found in connection with the excavations on Munkebo Hill.

In the Iron Age, they made iron at Selleberg
26. September 2017
Landscape & Archaeology

Two bloomeries (smelting furnaces) from ca. 200 AD were found between Marslev and Birkende.