Note: In Search of the Ships that Brought the Normans to Ireland in 1169

By John de Courcy Ireland, published February 1986


There is a contrast between the sea-going ships of the Song dynasty in China, displacing over 370 tons with stern rudders, and the 80 ton ships which would have brought to Normans to Ireland in 1169. Despite this, the Normans were one of many waves of invaders who came by sea.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | North Sea
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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