PortandTerminal.com, October 23, 2019
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – The Gokstad ship is a 9th-century Viking ship found in a burial mound at Gokstad in Norway.
The vessel was built around 890 AD, at the height of the Viking period. It was a fast and flexible ship that was suitable for voyages on the high seas.
How it worked
The Gokstad ship could be sailed as well as rowed, and the ship was suited to voyages of discovery, trading and Viking raids. On each side of the ship there are 16 oar holes. Altogether the crew consisted of 34 men, including oarsmen, the helmsman and the lookout. There are no signs of thwarts (seats for rowers). The oarsmen probably sat on chests, which could also contain their personal equipment.
Want to see it?
The Gokstad Ship is on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway.
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