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Maritime Image of the Day: The 9th-century Gokstad Ship

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.

The 78-foot long Gokstad ship is constructed largely of oak. It was intended for warfare, trade, transportation of people and cargo

How it worked

A Modern-day recreation of the 78-foot long Gokstad Ship

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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