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RE: Viking Pine
Actually, I believe; though I could be wrong, that Viking ships were
"clinker" built, which means they built the shell first & then inserted the
ribbing. This was the common method of ship construction until the 15th
century when the "carvel" method became the norm. Considering the date of
Henry's assumed voyage it would be a toss up as to which ship design he
would have used.
From: Sinclair [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 6:19 AM
Subject: Viking Pine
One little problem Neil, Viking boats were built from pine.Oak was
used in the keel. Only one example of a hardwood boat exists. It is a
canoe from the 800's.
Norway pine supplies were plentiful and easily accessible. Oak was
easily available. Canadian wood was not needed.
There is nothing to making a Viking longboat, build it near the sea.
Make sure you have pine trees near the boat building place, Use a oak tree
to make your keel. Cut down pine wood and make planks .Fix the planks to the
ribs of your ship overlapping them as you go, .Kill a cow or a sheep, make
ropes out of their hair. Cover the ropes in tar or animal fat. Shove the
ropes on the cracks and joints of your ship. Carve a really ugly face, or
fix my photograph, on the front of your ship. Invade someone, loot, pillage
Going into the Viking business was simple. Have axe, will travel.
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