Viking Ship

The ship is made in three pieces that are brought together and bound to keep them in place.


  • 1 x 4ft (1.2m) spars
  • 18 x 6ft (1.8m) spars
  • 8 x 8ft (2.4m) spars
  • 13 x 10ft (3m) spars + approx 24 extra to fill in the sides of the ends
  • 5 x 12ft (3.4m) spars + approx 12 extra to fill in the sides of the centre
  • 1 x 16ft (5m) spar (or longer) for mast
  • 80 x standard lashing lengths
  • 12 long lashing lengths


Prepare 4 identical frames using 3 x 6ft (1.8m) spars and 1 x 10ft (3m) spars, cross braced with 2 x 8ft (2.4m) spars, as shown in the diagram. The lashings should be as near to the ends of the spars as possible whilst still being secure.

Centre section:
2 of the frames can have an additional 6ft (1.8m) spar lashed between the cross braces – this is to lay the deck on if required.

These two frames are stood up, with the 10ft spar on the top, approx. 11ft apart with the additional spars facing each other. They are then joined using 4 x 12ft (3.6m) spars 2 are lain on the bottom bars and lashed into the corners and the other two are fixed on the outside of the side spars, as shown.

The sides are then filled in using additional 12ft spars. These spars only need to be held in place, as they will not take any strain, so a snake lashing using the long lashing lengths, should be sufficient.

A 4ft spar is lashed across the centre of the bottom of the section with a 10ft one immediately above it to hold the mast.

End sections (identical)

Stand one of frames up with the 10ft spar on top and lash a 10ft spar to the outside of the bottom of each side. Bring the other ends of these 10ft spars together and lash them to the bottom of a vertical 10ft spar. Repeat with another 2 x 10ft spars, lashing them to the top of the outside of the frame and to the vertical spar. Fill in the sides using additional 10ft spars in the same way as the centre section.

To create the illusion of the sloping sides at the front and back of the ship, lash 2 x 6ft (1.8m) spars from each side to the vertical spar.

Repeat with the other frame for the other end of the ship.

Long spars should be lain in place to provide the deck, if required. They should be long enough to fit into the ends when the three sections are brought together.

The three sections are then brought together and bound securely in place at the top and bottom of each frame. The mast is prepared using the very long spar and a 12ft spar and is lashed in place.

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