How comes the ship idea?
Sitting on the shores of Neris to see the dense fog vanishing by the early sunlight, brought up the memories of Viking ship with raiders approaching through the fog in tales. After 4 years of thoughts, research, and organization, the dream becomes reality.
By working unsalaried, by convicted passion only, 12 people realized their common dream with the support of dozens more. The Baltic spirit showed once more its cultural strength of fellowship, by realizing the dream of a Viking ship.
Why Viking Ship in Lithuania?
Because it was not Viking only. The popular Viking Ship has its origin in the Clinker style built, also called lapstrake ship type and was the most popular ship type of the early medieval times by all people around the Baltic and the North Sea.
Our Viking ship is a Knarr (old Norse “knǫrr”) type, which is not like the long boat a war, but merchant ship.
From all research done on Viking times in Lithuania, there is actually nothing archeologically proven about sailing on Neris or Nemunas one thousand years ago. Most probably transportation on Nemunas and Neris was more dangerous than in other rivers in the Baltic areas, and also rather unlikely. During that time it was almost impossible to go on Neris, and meet the tribes. The Neris of the past gives an impression of a natural risky road with armed neighbors.
Therefore, we offer experiential time journeys, which transports our passengers one millennium back into the situation of the lonely ship merchandiser, who managed his vessel to become a neutral merchandizing boat on the unsafe river between rivaling Baltic tribes.
Ancient shipping spirit in modernity
The balance between tradition and progress is a thin bridge. Using the ancient Clinker boat building method and natural oil, the ship is representing the ancient crafting method.
To provide modern security standards, the ship is equipped and built with modern means. By using plywood for the hull, the ship gains more shock resistance and lighter maneuverability, while being supported by an engine to prevent current issues.