The Gokstad Viking Ship: some New Theories Concerning the Purpose of Certain Constructional Features

By G.A. Cottell, published May 1984

Abstract

Questions arising during the process of model building led the author to review the functions of several constructional features of the Gokstad ship. His findings suggest that blocks and uprights were used to raise and lower the 13m mast and enabled him to make a working scale model of this special lifting tackle to demonstrate its action. The rectangular projections on the underside of each gunwhale may not be shield racks, as previously thought, but are more likely to be fixing points for tent fabric.

NMM: AOA0209

NMM: AOA0209

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Filed under: North Sea
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

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