The Fleet

The Bear in Pershore, 2015

Name: The Bear

Length: 32ft (10m)

Oars: 5 pairs

Construction: Larch and Oak

Type: Byrding

Summary: A roomy vessel built for trading. Ideal for coastal and river work. This is the flagship of the Regia fleet.


One of the Byrdings at the Great North Run in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Names: The Salmon, Valhalla and The White Ship

Length: 47ft (14m)

Oars: 6 pairs

Construction: Fibreglass and Wood

Type: Karv

Summary: These are lightweight freight vessels. They are ideal for coastal and riverwork as they are light enough to be pulled up on the shore or manhandled through shallow water.


The Faerings at Gloucester Docks, 2013

Names: The Rat and The Squirrel

Length: 20ft (6m)

Oars: 2 pairs

Construction: Larch and Oak

Type: Færing

Summary: Small boats that can be either sailed or rowed and would have either been used as a tender for a larger boat, for fishing or as an all purpose river boat.


The Wolf at Wychurst

Names: The Wolf

Length: 50ft (16m)

Oars: 9 pairs

Type: Snekkja

Summary: No longer sea-worthy, this aging giant is at the end of its life. It rests ashore pending its final journey, as a vessel for a great chieftain to be buried in, or to be taken apart and reused in servicing other ships.