The Viking ships
The ocean-going landing-crafts
The Viking ships, both the Longship and the
merchant ship or 'Knórr', could equally well handle
ocean voyages across the Atlantic. Neither needed a harbour, but could land on
beaches or river banks anywhere.
How they sailed
You not only need a good ship to be able to travel far. You also have to know
how to navigate to find your way to your
The Vikings set sail in the morning when the wind and tide was right. All day
they sailed along the coast. At nightfall
they landed at some beach, put up tents, had a cooked meal and went to sleep.
Next day they set sail when the.... and so on, until they reached their
destination. This was the normal Viking sailing procedure. Some times, however,
the Vikings sailed for days across open sea
and some times, sailing along rivers, they had to take their ships ashore and
haul them across land to pass waterfalls or take the ships from one river to
On board the ship each man had a ships' chest where he had his belongings.
When they had to row the ship, the chest was used to sit on while rowing.
about Viking ships.