Hugin (longship)

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The Hugin.

The Hugin is a reconstructed Norsemen longship that is located at Pegwell Bay in Ramsgate, Kent, England. It was a gift from the Danish government in commemoration of the 1500th anniversary of the A.D. 449 migration from Jutland (modern Denmark) to Kent of Hengist and Horsa, Jutes who became leaders of the Anglo-Saxon invasion. The ship is a replica of the much later ca. 890 Gokstad ship.[1]

The Hugin.

The boat was built in Denmark from where it was sailed by 53 Danes to England in 1949. The ship landed at Viking Bay in Kent, before being moved to its current site. In 2005 the ship underwent repairs.

Hugin’s 1949 arrival in Britain was presented in a newsreel short entitled "Landing of the Vikings". Footage from the newsreel was used in the Doctor Who serial, The Time Meddler; as such, the real-world crew of Hugin depicted an advance scouting party for King Harald Hardrada's forces in the late summer of 1066.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • J Røjel (1949) The 1949 Cruise of the Viking Ship "Hugin". Samlerens forlag


  1. ^ "Viking longship back home in Kent". BBC News. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Restoration" documentary video included as bonus material on The Time Meddler DVD.

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Coordinates: 51°19′43.6″N 1°22′22.7″E / 51.328778°N 1.372972°E / 51.328778; 1.372972