Friday, February 18, 2011
Osberg Ship Plan
Side and Top view of the reconstructed Osberg Ship Plan. Osberg is the oldest Viking ship found, and it and other like it were probably used in the the early Viking raids around the year AD800. It was probably a royal yacht for inshore use. The design is less seaworthy than younger ships. It is supposed by sailing men that the vessel could have made it to Britain during the Summer, but the hull and sailing gear were not nearly as sophisticated as the later ships.
The Osberg ship has oar holes for thirty oars, so we know that this propulsion method was in use some of the time.
W. W. Fitzhugh (ed.), "Vikings, the North Atlantic Saga," (2000)