Make Ship Happen

Published: Friday 29th Nov 2019

Written by: Aimee Anderson

Here are Suffolk Cottage Holidays we are passionate about the local area where our properties are located. We care about protecting the environment, wildlife and historical significance of this beautiful corner of England.

Suffolk Cottage Holidays sponsor The Sutton Hoo Ship's Company projectThe Sutton Hoo Ship's Company are a dedicated team of volunteers, historians, archeologists, ship builders and project managers who have a collective desire to recreate the Sutton Hoo burial ship that was discovered in 1939. We now know that this was the burial ship of King Raedwald and it was, and still is, an incredibly significant archeological find for Suffolk and the whole of England. The project will see the ship beig brought back to life, and is unique as the finished product will be the only full size replica of a Saxon ship in the world.

They then set out to source some funding for this incredibly exciting project and Suffolk Cottage Holidays are supporting them by sponsoring a rivet for each of our Woodbridge homeowners. The rivets are metal fixings, that are used to fix one piece of plank to another. They would have originally been made from hand-crafted iron and  hammered into place and held on by a rove which is a diamond shaped complementary piece of metal secured to the back.

Suffolk Cottage Holidays sponsor The Sutton Hoo Ship's Company projectFor each of the rivets that we have sponsored, our homeowners each received a presentation certificate and pin badge to display in their properties. We arranged an exclusive event for our homeowners at The Longshed to present them with their certificates and give them the opportunity to find out more about the project. We had a Q&A session with some of the directors of The Sutton Hoo Ship's Company and a tour of The Longshed. It was an extremely informative event and great chance to chat with some of our homeowners.

The project is due to take around 2 years to complete the main part of the build. Then comes the even more exiting part of seeing whether this one-of-a-kind construction will take to the water. We are absolutely delighted to be part of this incredible journey and cannot wait and will keep you posted on the project as it grows and develops and and observing it back on the River Deben will truly be a sight to behold.

For more information about this exciting project please click here.