Viking Seamanship Questioned

By Ole Crumlin-Pedersen, published May 1975


This paper consists of critiques of two recent papers on the subject of the behavioural characteristics of Viking ships. One of the papers concerns the construction and trials of a replica ship based on previously published lines taken from an archeological find. The author finds much of merit in this approach but considers that anachronisms in construction materials and techniques may have influenced the trial outcomes. The second paper attempts to reach conclusions about ship behaviour based on expert opinions regarding aero and hydrodynamics. The author is critical both of the theoretical nature of this approach and of the opinions expressed.

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Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | North Sea
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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