Saturday, February 5, 2011
Viking Ship Under Sail
In this photo it is easy to see the main aspect of the "clinker" built ship. Each hull plank rests on the one below it, instead of the planks being flush with each other. The sail is in one piece reaching from the sail's "yard" all the way down to the hull. Note also the very high stem piece with the carving on top and the low free board at the side This style of ship has a length to width ratio of between 6 and 7 to 1 which is narrow for a ship and almost always signals a warship style rather than a commercial vessel.
W.W. Fitzhugh and E. I. Ward, "Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga," Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London, cover jacket, 2000.