Karve (ship)

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Karves were a type of small Viking ship similar to the knarr.[1] They were used for human and transport and the movement of livestock and other goods. Because they were able to navigate in very shallow water, they were also used for coasting. Karves had broad beams of approximately 5 m (17 feet), were up to 21 m (70 feet) in length, and allowed for up to 16 oars.[2]


  1. ^ "History and Archaeology of the Ship". Retrieved 2009-04-25. [dead link]
  2. ^ Karg, Barb; Spaite, Arjean (2007). The Everything Pirates Book. Everything Books. p. 25. ISBN 1-59869-255-0.