Freyja's Friday - Building Ships
Freyja’s Friday - Building Ships It wasn’t until the 7th and 8th centuries that Vikings got really efficient at building boats. The Vikings built many unique types of ships, often used for more peaceful tasks. The knarr was a merchant vessel designed to carry cargo in bulk. It had a broader hull, deeper draught, and a small number of oars, the best-known type is probably the longship. Longships were intended for warfare and exploration, designed for speed and agility, and were equipped with oars to complement the sail, making navigation possible independently of the wind. The longship had a long, narrow hull and shallow draught to assist landings and troop deployments in shallow water.