French team to build replica of William the Conqueror’s warship

On 27 September 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, set sail in La Mora, the flagship of a huge fleet that would invade and conquer England. Now a historical society on France’s Normandy coast is going to re-create the ship that launched almost 1,000 years of cross-Channel enmity.

The Bayeux tapestry, a 70 metre-long (230ft) embroidered account of the Norman Conquest, depicts La Mora as a Viking-style longship with a striped red and gold sail flying the papal banner on its masthead. On board was William, his most trusted knights, their entourage and horses, and 60 oarsmen.

The rest, as they say, is history. King Harold was defeated in the Battle of Hastings 17 days later, and the Norman duke became William the Conqueror, King of England.

The €13m (£11m) project will re-create the 34-metre-long, 5-metre-wide La Mora, which carried 70 crew including the oarsmen, in a former industrial warehouse near the quay of the port of Honfleur.

Olivier Pagezy, president of the La Mora project, says…

This story appeared first on, 2022-11-25.
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