The Evolution of the Knörr

By G. J. Marcus, published May 1955

Abstract

Viking longships at sea NMM: PAF1128

Viking longships at sea NMM: PAF1128

A knörr is a Norse hafskip or ocean-going merchantman. It is distinguished from the Viking langskip (a warship) by being broader in the beam, having greater draught and freeboard. Evidence of the design is drawn from archaeological finds and the Norse Sagas. The great emigration to Iceland depended heavily on these ships. The design of the knörr is discussed in detail and its place in Scandinavian history defined.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | North Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

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