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Viking Ship, Viking Boat
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Viking Ship

The Viking were expert navigators who dominated the maritime routes and rivers of northeast Europe between the eighth and ninth centuries. They also reached certain places on the Mediterranean coast. For raiding and looting they used a long, narrow and lightweight boat called the drakkar, while for commercial activity they used a broader, flatter vessel, especially designed for the transport of timber, wool, hides, wheat, and even slaves.

The Viking transport was maybe the best specialized and masterful accomplishment of the European dull ages and ships were a significant piece of Viking society, as a methods for transportation, yet additionally for the notoriety that it presented on her proprietor and captain. Their Ship allowed the Vikings to set out on their journeys of exchanging, of looting, and of investigation. Boats or Ships were plainly vital to Scandinavian culture overall as in a scene with such a significant number of canals ships were utilized in each rung of society. These equivalent canals in addition gave a considerably more helpful method for shipping merchandise and facilitated faster communication than overland, likewise across longer separations to abroad settlements.

The Gokstad ship

The discovery in 1880 of the Gokstad ship in southern Norway advanced our current knowledge of the Vikings. This drakkar dating from around 900, measures more than 75 ft/23 m in length and weights, including the rigging, around 20 tons. Being a warship, the drakkar had little space for cargo. In contrast, the knarr were merchant ships dedicated to trade and could even carry livestock on the deck. Skilled craftsmen, the Vikings carved a symbolic animal on wood. It was a combination of a dragon and a snake wrapped around itself. 

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