The Oars of Northern Longships

By R.C. Anderson, published November 1943

Abstract

Whereas the question how Mediterranean vessels in Antiquity were oared has long been discussed, the problem of how the larger rowing vessels of the north and west of Europe in the tenth to fourteenth centuries arranged their oars and rowers has hardly been addressed. As these ships cannot simply be enlarged version of the still extant Viking ships this examines various accounts of expenses on the building of galleys in England which indicate the number of oars. The number of oars deduced from these sources probably could not be arranged in a single row.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | Late Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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