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    Looks to be good for a bit longer...

    Here's the story:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-new...where-47357732
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    Link took me to

    Locals want Iceland to buy their island

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
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    Locals want Iceland to buy their island
    Now read on. The boat gets a paragraph and the photo.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    The naughty thought occurs that for a lapstrake boat to show so little damage to lands after two centuries she may have been rebuilt a few times.
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    Like George Washington's axe? Five handles and 3 heads?

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    I found some facts about her.

    Nothing is known about her age. The best guess is early 1800s. All timber in her has been shifted at least once so sceintific dating is out of qestion. She first appears in written sources in 1829.
    The latest time some of her planking was shifted was in 2009.

    She is the last remaining boat with the hull shape called dj
    úplag. Originally she was rowed with 8 oars. They say she was used in the shark fishery in her youth. From 1884 up to year 2000 she has been used as a barge to ferry sheep and cattle to and fro pastures on the mainland as well as any sort of heavy thansports needed to the island of Vigur.

    A few links:
    https://www.mbl.is/greinasafn/grein/350487/
    https://www.mbl.is/frettir/innlent/2009/06/02/vidgerd_lokid_a_elsta_skipi_landsins/
    http://thorgeirbald.123.is/blog/yearmonth/2010/07/
    http://vigur.123.is/photoalbums/138829/default/&lang=se
    http://vigur.123.is/photoalbums/135448/default/&lang=se



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    It occurs to me that Iceland and the Shetlands may have similarities. In the Shetlands the boats were either afloat, or hauled up out of the water and shored up, so the lands rarely had contact with anything to abrade them.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Well, we have all of us said that a wooden boat can go on for ever so long as the shape is there. We all know Joshua Slocum’s statement that “it is a law at Lloyd’s that the Jane rebuilt entirely out of the Jane is still the Jane”, and here we have an actual example of the ship of Theseus.
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