"Evening Wolf " has been exhibited as art in galleries, halls, colleges, and Scandinavian and Renaissance type festivals all over the Midwest. It has taken voyages on the Mississippi and to the Pacific Northwest. Lee Olson first built the hull in 1994-5, exhibiting and sailing it extensively. In 2003 he rebuilt the hull from the waterline down to create a deeper keel /draft so it would sail closer to windward. The Viking Age Club and Society - Sons of Norway bought the Evening Wolf in July of 2005.
Specifications: Length 19'-6" Beam 5'-8" Draft 18" Hull; Klinkerbuilt (Lapstrake) White Oak Planking, Ribs (sawn frames approx 36" O.C.) & Thwarts/seats. Fastenings are copper riveted by hand w/ square cut Norwegian nails & dished roves at 2"O.C. Planking is 3/8" thick & laps are sealed with wool yarn and pitched in the traditional way.
Power: Oars 4-6 , sail plan can accomodate several configuration but use of the handmade linen traditional sprit sail can be singlehanded, mast can easily be stepped to the center for a Viking square sail or other, and crew can range from 1 to 7 Vikings.
Steering: Traditional Steer-board hung to starboard; Weight approx. 500 lbs.
Historical Use: Evening Wolf would be the size of a
lifeboat or reconnaissance vessel on a Viking Ship, either towed or
stowed. It was also used in pre-industrial Scandinavia for coastal inshore
fishing crewing 3 men for day trips. This færing or sexæring class craft
(four or six oaring ) was used extensively in the fjords as general
light transport for the doctor or mailman to get around quickly and
reliably in a road-less and mountainous country.
This is a real, full size boat. This is not a replica or scaled version of anything. Like Viking Age boats and other useful handcrafted items created for daily use, this boat is an original work of art that is as functional as it is beautiful.