Karves were a type of small Viking ship similar to the Knarr. 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 17 feet (5 meters), were up to 70 feet (21 meters) in length, and allowed for up to 16 oars.
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