Thursday, June 17, 2010

Medieval Ship

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"It is indeed little that we know of the ships following the Fall of the Roman Empire and the first re-awakenings of the pictorial art in the West. We offer then, the Gokstadt ship. There were seagoing ships at this time we know from the sagas and the monkish manuscripts

We may also believe that there was little change in the craft that sailed the seas or skirted the rocky shores. So, to picture a ship of this era is to engage our imaginations and limiting our horizons by our scanty knowledge. Therefore, be lenient, we pray thee for and with our daydream above."

Henry B. Culver, "The Book of Old Ships," Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1992

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