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serious request for a Viking long boat
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:53:22 AM »

I have been approached by a person in my village, because she has found out that I like model boats and ships.

She would like a Viking long boat, to sail just the once.

Her husband wrote in his will that he would like his ashes to be spread at sea by placing them on a Viking long boat and set sail and was wondering whether this type of vessel is readily available as a fully sailing boat.

I would not be able to build one myself and I doubt anyone else in the village or vicinity would be able to either.

Also what would the implications of it environmentally be should she want the "full works" and have the boat set on fire down the river.

Would one have to check with local council, or any other body associated with the sea and maritime matters, or could one get away with such a thing if a hole was just placed into the hull and let it sink naturally.

I know what date it is tomorrow, but this was a serious request from an elderly lady who lost her husband suddenly last October.

thanks for any help anyone might give me.

Jim.
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2016, 10:07:46 AM »

Contact the organisers of the Up Helly Aa celebrations in Orkney. The Viking Festival has the burning of a full size replica of a Viking ship and an army of "Vikings" (local) who may be of assistance.  Might be more in the deceased mind than a model version of a Viking funeral. www.uphellyaa.org  The Pentland Model boat Club might interested being in that area.
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2016, 10:15:14 AM »

Assuming you only need a model big enough to hold the gentleman's remains.


Simplest solutions is to build a model. Then carry it out to sea, maybe half a mile, in a regular boat. Place the remains and the model into the water and ignite the model with lighter fuel and retire as it drifts away. Remember to cast the model off on the lee side, to avoid flames, or the model blowing back. I would not do it on a river as it could easily end up stuck on a bank where you would need to recover it, which is something you wouldn't want to do.


This is a link to a highly flammable model that would float for long enough to become engulfed in flame.
The model in the link is made of corrugated cardboard, but could easily be improved upon using modelling card or balsa. Then seal with varnish. This could easily be scaled up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RzxuuzF2aY
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2016, 10:33:50 AM »

thank you gents for your replies.

I will put these to the lady when I see her. I don't think she is in any hurry as she apparently bought one on line but sent it back because it wouldn't fit the purpose some little time ago.

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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2016, 10:42:30 AM »

 
I have just watched the video Tigertiger and I am going to suggest that the lady might make one herself.

She used to be a teaching assistant and is very craft orientated so would easily be able to make such a model.

I think it would also give her great satisfaction and peace of mind that she had made her husband's transportation to "Valhala" herself.

Thank you very much.

Arrow5, thanks for your suggestion, and as much as I would like to visit such a wonderful spectacle, I think that the distance would be a problem, but again thank you.

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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2016, 06:07:23 PM »

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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2016, 07:25:04 PM »

No Viking Longboats in the Pentland Model Boat Club and Uphellyaa is in Shetland
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2016, 08:20:47 PM »

Jim, this is very interesting as a friend was also considering this type of farewell.

My Longship is 1/25 scaled on the (appropriately) famous OSBERG burial ship.which I have sailed on many occasions. It is R/C by means of a Playmobil under-keel propulsion unit with 2.5G control.. It has under-deck space by 4 hatches which could hold a quantity of ashes if required. The model is 90cm long x 20cm wide.  I am willing to sell it by agreement.
Contact me by PM if further communication neccessary.
Bob. (Whose Clan is descended from Norsemen)

For ignition i would suggest firelighter sticks which burn easily and quickly even in a wind.

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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2016, 10:39:22 PM »

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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2016, 12:50:29 AM »

There is  this sort of thing available:

http://www.scattering-ashes.co.uk/product/viking-longboat-urn-2/





Now that looks very interesting. The site also has links to 'Boats'. These are full size boats that would carry that family and the model out to sea.
Video of the boat urn being used here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mJeqHhxsOA
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2016, 12:28:25 PM »

I have built one using bread and butter construction many years ago, for that very purpose, I think it is getting more popular- maybe due to the TV series
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2016, 12:31:47 PM »

here is a plan I worked to
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2016, 12:36:39 PM »

and here is a picture I have found of it
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2016, 01:03:35 PM »

 
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2016, 01:48:59 PM »

No Viking Longboats in the Pentland Model Boat Club and Uphellyaa is in Shetland
  I hang my head in shame , of course Up Helly Aa is held in Shetland, I expect a shipload  of axe wielding islanders to be at the door any minute now.  :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:
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Re: serious request for a Viking long boat
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2016, 07:23:29 PM »

Thank you all for your input. I have spoken to her this evening,and she has decided to build one using the youtube video's and papier mache to strengthen the hull.

Apparently her late husband had Viking ancestry that had been traced by another brother in his family and so his wife has arranged a small ceremony at the Viking settlement at Heysham sometime later in the spring, but because of environmental issues the model urn has to be totally environmentally friendly, in order for it to be able to be set alight and sunk off the coast.

Again, thank you all for your input, and it is now sorted.

Jim.
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