Successful author visits
New Oseberg Ship
December 2010: The American sailor, boat builder, professor (at the University of San Francisco) and now successful writer, David Vann, visited the building site for the new Oseberg ship recently.
"The Oseberg team is the most reflected group of boat builders I have ever met. They know their history, they are interested in how the Viking ships developed and their significance, and they are keen to gain as much knowledge as they can by using the original building methods. Through experimental archaeology they are adapting a scientific approach to boat building. This is key to securing the project’s integrity,” says David.
He goes on to say: "Everything regarding this project is first-rate, and I am very grateful to be able to follow it through the various stages to completion. And I am so looking forward to sailing a thousand year old sailing ship – I can hardly wait. I am amazed that the Vikings were able to create such a light and also strong ship.”
David Vann is well-known in the sailing world. He has been crew in the world famous "America’s Cup”. He has also participated in building a replica of a 4000 year-old Egyptian vessel, which he later was the master of on an 18-day-long sailing trip across the Red Sea (2008/2009).
His novel "Legends of a suicide” had its international breakthrough in 2010, and has now been published in 50 countries. It’s due to be published in Norway this winter.
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David Vann: The writer of international acclaim is looking forward to sailing the new Oseberg ship. (Photo: Diana Matar)