LAUNCH & NAMING CEREMONY OF “LILLE
Where: Richmond Boat Houses, by Richmond Bridge, Richmond, Surrey
When: River launch - Midday
Meet the Launch Cast with film star
along and see Lille Draken’s maiden
18th June 05, the Viking boat will be officially
launched on the River Thames, after a ceremony
presided over by Ulf Greder – the Jarlen
(the Earl) of Bärsärkar och Vikingar
in the UK. ‘Thunderbirds’ actress
Sophia Myles is expected, subject to work
commitments, to name the boat “Lille
Draken” while her father Reverend Peter
Myles will give the boat a blessing, following
are encouraged to get into the Viking spirit
by dressing in Viking costume to give the
boat a proper send off!
OF LILLE DRAKEN ALE
In celebration of the boat launch, a 4.1% abv, bottle-conditioned ale, is to
be named Lille Draken featuring the striking dragon figurehead on the label.
It is being brewed exclusively for specialist off-licence - the Twickenham
- based Real Ale Limited, by City of Cambridge Brewery. Described as ‘light
golden ale with a refreshing, hoppy after taste’, Lille Draken ale will
be available in 500ml bottles to customers online at www.realale.com or at
their Twickenham shop - 371 Richmond Road, Twickenham.
11th June 05:
VIKING BOAT ‘FLIES’ OVER DAVID JONES HOUSE
Picture Gallery PRESS RELEASE
On 11th June, the landlocked Viking boat, built by bespoke furniture maker David Jones, was lifted out of his back garden by Lee lifting, over his house and onto a waiting trailer.
The 21’ replica boat was suspended at heights of more than 100’ above the house from the beam of an 80 tonne crane as it made its voyage to ‘freedom’. The crane lift was the only way to get the boat out of the garden of David’s Victorian semi in Isleworth.
The boat features a striking gold-leaf, carved dragon figurehead, wrought iron keel band and carved tail piece and, though its sail was obviously not unfurled, displayed other Viking detailing including shields.
The boat navigated its way through the streets of Hounslow/Heathrow on the back of a trailer in readiness for launch on the river Thames the following week - 18th June, when its expected, subject to work commitments, that film star Sophia Myles (Thunderbirds) will officially name the boat – “Lille Draken” (little dragon). Reverend Peter Myles of St John the Baptist Church Isleworth will officially bless the boat, in keeping with naval tradition.
Our Good Friends at LeeLifting
4th June 05:
VIKING BOAT ‘LOG ROLLED’ INTO POSITION FOR AIRLIFT
On 4th June, a working party of friends helped bespoke furniture maker David Jones to move the 21’ replica Viking longboat, built in his back garden. In traditional Viking style, the group rolled the boat on logs from his work-shed up towards the house, in readiness for its air-lift to freedom on 11 June 05.
Read more history -
Learning from the Longships (Part 1) (pdf 311k)
Learning from the Longships (Part 2) (pdf 300k)
Learning from the
Longships (Part 3) (pdf
Learning from the Longships (part 4)
Published in Watercraft magazine