A Viking Canoe
- for enthusiasts of
Viking lore and good boats.
| A few general specifications and comments:
Could be considered "tender" to the beginner paddler and is intended for in-shore use.
A lot of head scratching commenced as to why a obviously prominent person of high standing in the community would be buried without weapons until 1981 (!) when some very astute dude came up with the idea that it could be a woman! Still today some reports only mention this as a possibility
This boat also
occupies a very interesting place in marine archeological history as it's
shape and structure bear a certain influence from another ethnic population,
that of the reindeer orientated Laplanders or more properly called Samara
or would that be the same tribes?
Detail of a
Anyway, an english archeologist named Owain T. P. Roberts re-drew and did an excellent job of building a facsimile boat around 1984. The Museum of National Antiquities/Stockholm (also known as the "Histerical Museum) published a really poorly edited and sadly un-translated (from the german/english and Swedish materials - you have to be able to read all three languages well in order to make use of the book, idiots!!)
After that I had to sneak around the original boat (in 1990) that is displayed at the 'fore mentioned museum in order to get complimentary measurements for my own satisfaction. Academic snobbery still flourishes and is indeed rampant in Sweden as a common boat builder has a very low status within their hierecy. The attitude is entirely different in Denmark, Norway and Finland. Each person that measures a boat finds new stuff and lines, as some of it is guess work. A comparison between the lines from '38 and Owain T.P. Roberts versions make one wonder if they had the same material as a starting out point. My guess work from the point of a experienced boat builder was again a third interpretation though they are closer to Roberts rather than Arbman's from 1938.
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for slightley larger viking boats are also under re-construction for 2008 with lots of new aspects.