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Viking longship undergoes repairs
The replica Viking longship Hugin
Hugin was rowed from Denmark to Kent by 53 Danes in 1949
A full-size replica Viking longship which sits on the seafront in Ramsgate, Kent, is being transported 160 miles to Gloucester for repairs on Wednesday.

The ship, Hugin, was given to the UK in 1949 to commemorate the first Viking landing in Britain, the journey of Hengist and Horsa 1,500 years earlier.

It was built in Denmark and rowed by 53 Danes to England, landing at Viking Bay in nearby Broadstairs.

Hugin is due to return to Ramsgate in the summer of 2005.

The ship will be lifted by crane onto a lorry for its journey by road to the shipyard in Gloucester docks of Tommi Nielsen & Co, a firm specialising in maintaining historic sailing ships.

The repair is being funded by Thanet District Council with extra money from the European Interreg scheme.

Hengist and Horsa, brothers and Saxon chieftains who were considered legendary warriors, landed on the Kent coast at Ebbsfleet when they made their journey in 449.

Hengist became the first Saxon King of Kent.


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