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Saxon ship to be rebuilt in Woodbridge

News ArticleSaxon ship to be rebuilt in Woodbridge

This weekend the BBC reported on the first phase of a £90,000 project to build a 90ft replica of the Anglo-Saxon ship buried at Sutton Hoo.
The burial site, believed to be the final resting place of the 7th Century King Raedwald of East Anglia, was discovered in 1939 in Woodbridge, Suffolk.
And next week Woodbridge Riverside Trust will take on the Longshed, a boat shed on the river to be fitted out to start work on – and house – the reproduction.
On April 21st the public will be invited to an open day to look at the plans.
Bryan Knibbs, executive chairman of the trust, said the group aimed to use traditional skills to build the boat and would start with smaller vessels before going on to a replica of the Sutton Hoo ship.
“Phase one of our operations will begin with the start of the fit-out, and construction of the first St Ayles skiff (a light rowing boat),” he said. “This really is the very start of our major project.”
He said if everything goes to plan, work on building the replica could start in September.
The project is aiming to raise £90,000 through donations, sponsorship and grants.