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The Oseberg Ship

I am reading "The Vikings" by Robert Ferguson, and it has a long section about the discovery of the Oseberg ship.

Here is a photo of the ship, which was found in a burial mound in Norway. Here is a shot from the front, which further demonstrates the slender beauty of her clinker-built lines. Imagine the white-capped waves of the North Sea, breaking to either side of that swan's beak of a bow as she cuts through the waves with deadly ease. Picture the broad-shouldered vikings with wolf-smiles as they pull their oars towards foreign shores.

This is a gorgeous ship. Look at the intricate carvings on the keel. The keel!

Vikings are cool. I'm tellin' ya - Vikings are the next pirates. Just you watch.


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May. 12th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
look at that bow! you could fly a jib off that bow!
May. 12th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
You have to give the dragon's head a good height so it can cast its terrible gaze on the coast, terrifying your foes and announcing its dread presence.
May. 12th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
I know Oseberg has all the fancy crap, but I still have more list for the clean lines of Gokstadt.

One thing I love about Oseberg is that... no, okay two things a: it is a lady's ship :D b: they said it was too find and finicky to have ever worked as a ship, and that the waterline was too low - it would swamp. in fact the recreation they made of it did swamp. But the wear on the keel from being beached numerous times shows that it was successfully used lots of times. Because not only are their boats amazing, vikings knew what hey were fucking doing waaaay better than we do :x

Vikings ships give me a hard on. They're not only gorgeous, they're genius in their engineering.
May. 12th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I read that the Oseberg ship (and obviously you're far more an expert than me, I'm just repeating something from Reynolds' "The Vikings") was originally thought to be impossible as a blue water sailor because of her narrow bow - but when they realized that two of the horizontal spars were actually collapsed from use - and when corrected they'd present a broader bow more able to cut big waves, the ship was perfectly capable of deep water.

Does that square at all with your thoughts? I know you've posted pictures of this ship before.

And you know, I really wonder what the story behind the two ladies who were buried with this ship was. I figure it involved a love triangle and throwing axes - never a good combination. But that's purely my imagination. :)
May. 13th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
May. 13th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful!
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