In 1962 archaeologists from the National
Museum of Denmark began excavations in Roskilde Fjord where 5 old
ships had been sunk to block the harbor from attack. As the ships were
recovered reconstructions of numbers 1, 2, 3 were made. All of the
ships were clinker-built with iron rivets in the 11th century.
Skuldelev 3 is a coastal trading vessel, 9 to
12 meters long. Its replica named, Roar Ege, was launched
in 1984 and underwent its test sailing in NykÝbing Bay.
In 2004 Denmark issued a set of four stamps marking the
launching of Skuldelev 2, and 100 foot long Viking longboat. One of
the stamps has a small map in the upper right-hand corner, and a
picture of the Roar Ege The map shows how well the Roar Ege
was able to sail against the wind (the arrow pointing to the lower
right corner of the stamp) in its test sailing.