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Vikings # 2.

Details of the fore of the Vikingship: Lofotr.  This ship is an exact copy of the Gokstad Ship that was said to be the most beautiful ship ever built.
The original was excavated in 1880 near Sandefjord, Norway.  The ship was built around 850 AC and was made of oak. It is approximately 76 feet long. Believed to bury a king, the ship also contained the remains of 12 horses, 6 dogs and a peacock.   3 smaller boats were also found in the mound.  The ship was able to hold 70 men, a double crew-one to row and the other to rest. Oarsmen would sit on their sea chests.
To day the remains of the real Gokstad ship can be seen in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, recommended for all visitors interested in ancient history and/or ships.



This is the second pix in my little series of the Vikings. 
Tomorrow: The Pilot..

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