Viking Era

Ponder the supporting industry needed for shipbuilding and seafaring during the Viking age.

Posted on

Ponder the extent of support needed to keep seagoing fleets of longships going to sea. Those state-of-the-art weapons needed maintenance and supplies. Robert Ferguson suggests in The Vikings – A History that shipbuilding would have been a significant industry in many communities for the duration of the Viking age. Think about the range of skills […]

Viking Era

More details on the Skuldelev ships

Posted on

Chapter 8 of The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings, discusses Ships and Seamanship, by Jan Bill. Chapter has a to-scale sketch of Skuldelev 1, 2, 3, and 5 on page 189. If I find that sketch in a publicly available media I will post it. By the way, if you wondered (as I did), […]

Viking Era

More background on ships

Posted on

Comments from a few other books fit well with the previous post Background on Viking Age – ships for warfare, travel, and cargo – 4 of 5 Vikings: Raiders, Traders, and Masters of the Sea by Rodney Castleden, provides more explanations of ship types, starting on page 111. When thinking of Vikings crossing the sea, […]

Viking Era

Building a Viking Longship

Posted on

I’ve found a few websites that provide a few details on how to build a Viking ship. This post won’t go into much detail. Check these sites for more info that could you possibly want: Regia Anglopum – Making a Viking Ship – Great line-drawings of construction steps. Vikingskip.com – Viking ships and Norse wooden […]