Talk:Viking ships

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I have resurrected this article as I did not agree with the way 'Viking ship' redirected to 'Longship'. As I see it the longship is a sub-category of the collective term Viking ship, as is Knarr and Karv. --Grumpy444grumpy 12:45, 7 February 2006 (UTC)


I'm not sure about this: "A large type of longship, *known only from historical sources*, is the Drakkar." I think it's a reasonably good bet that the immensely long ship unearthed at Roskilde in 1997, sometimes (if inaccurately) called "Skuldelev 7," pretty well fills the bill, at 35 rooms and est. 130 ft in length.Solicitr 23:04, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

According to the Vikingship museum in Roskilde this ship was "only" about 36m (118ft) long, i.e. only about 6 m longer than Skuldelev 2 which could fit about 30 rowers. According to historical sources the Drakkar ships were capable of carrying hundreds of armed men. No such ship has yet been found. Grumpy444grumpy 20:38, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

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Well , a viking ship was found in Salme , Saaremaa , Estonia.-- (talk) 17:35, 12 November 2008 (UTC)


There seems to be a great deal of misunderstandings about what a Viking longship is. This is not a particular class of vessel, but a common description that covers several vessel classes. They can be characterized as a graceful, long, narrow, light wooden boats with a shallow draft designed for speed. The Drakkar is neither a particular class of vessel, but any Norse longship fitted with a dragon-like head in the stem (and occasionally in the stern). A longship could certainly be shorter than 30 meters. Indeed, both the Oseberg ship (21.5 meters long) and the Gokstad ship (just under 24 meters long) were Norse longships (both classified as a carve class vessel). Beside, a longship could have far more than 60 oars, as the Danish Roskilde VI is an example of. This fast and narrow cob class vessel had 78 oars and carried a crew of approximately a hundred men or more. 14:20, 3 November 2007 (UTC) It was known as the "serpent of the sea" because they built there ship in such a way that no one could catch them. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:40, 9 September 2009 (UTC) The entire world calls them "drakkar", but there is no mention of that name in the article, just a redirect. The term should be clarified by someone who knows something about it. -- (talk) 20:45, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

More information[edit]

I want to know what were some of the roles or jobs on a viking ship in maybe the 9th or 10th century? Anyone? Just want to know......hey if Kristin gets on its Abby-- (talk) 23:30, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Gave this question a headline. On wikipedia we only discuss how to compose the article, and is generally not sharing specific information or exchanging viewpoints. Try Reddit for example. There are several fora you could turn to. A physical library would perhaps be the best of all, where trained (and payed) librarians are eager to help you in every way possible. RhinoMind (talk) 03:20, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

willis the legende[edit]

willis is a Viking and a nazi — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:52, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

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Problematic text[edit]

The following text assumes to know the thoughts of the reader. This is based on anecdote and assumption and not on scholarly evidence. If there was evidence to support the statement it would most likely be relative to the cultural and educational background of the reader.

"The initial thought when you hear the phrase Viking ships, is violence and raids but Viking ships varied greatly in both size and functions. What some people fail to realize is how the Viking ships were not just used for their military prowess but for long-distance trade, exploration and colonization.[2]"

To improve the quality of the article I recomend the statement cite the appropriate scholarly literature or rewrite the statement. Dr.khatmando (talk) 11:00, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Good points! Even if the source states what is said, it is not an appropriate wording for a Wikipedia article. It should indeed be rephrased. I might do it soon if I find the time.
A suggestion:
In many popular contexts, Viking ships are often associated with terrorizing raids and ruthless violence, but this stereotypical perception clouds the fact that Viking ships varied greatly in purpose, design and size. It is true that some types of Viking ships - the long ships in particular - were used mainly for raids and war, but many other types were purpose-built for transport, trade, fishing or exploration on local or long-distance scales. RhinoMind (talk) 14:22, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

the Knarr section, absurd claims about abilities?[edit]

The section describing the Knarr states that "They were cargo ships averaging a length of about 54 feet (16 m), a beam of 15 feet (4.6 m), and a hull capable of carrying up to 122 tons.[4] Overall displacement: 50 tons." Displacement is a measure of how much water is displaced by a given object. to put it simply, for a ship to float, it must displace an equal mass of water. So, having a ship with a displacement of 50 tons cannot carry more than twice that in cargo, without it winding up on the bottom. A quick peek at the Knarr's main page, it states they can carry 24 tons, with no indication of a ships actual displacement, but that is tagged as ambiguous. I don't know enough to know what the claims should be, but at best, the citations are referring to very different ships. (which is entirely possible, given the fact that each was custom built.)-- (talk) 04:30, 7 February 2019 (UTC)