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Viking longship back home in Kent
The Viking ship is lifted back into place
Hugin was carefully lifted back into place by crane on Thursday
A full-size replica Viking longship has returned to its Kent seafront home after six months away being repaired.

The ship, Hugin, was lifted back into place at Pegwell Bay in Ramsgate on Thursday after undergoing work at a specialist boatyard in Gloucestershire.

She was given to the UK in 1949 to commemorate one of the first Saxon landings in Britain, the journey of Hengist and Horsa 1,500 years earlier.

It was built in Denmark and rowed by 53 Danes to England.

They landed in Kent at Viking Bay in Broadstairs.

Hugin was transported by road to the shipyard in Gloucester docks of Tommi Nielsen & Co, a firm specialising in maintaining historic sailing ships.

The replica Viking longship Hugin before it was repaired
Hugin was rowed from Denmark to Kent by 53 Danes in 1949

The repairs were 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.

Hugin was built as a replica of what is known as the Gokstad ship, probably the best preserved longship from Viking times, which was discovered in Norway in about 1900 and is believed to date from the Eighth Century.


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