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The Viking Navy designs, builds and sails Viking Ships. Formed in 1995
for people that would like to do a little Viking.
The Oseberg Viking Ship, pictured here, has been called the most beautiful ship ever built. A future goal of the Viking Navy is to build an Oseberg replica.
Viking Navy Store A T-shirt, a calendar
and a model ship for sale.
A Vinland Project. A possible TV production.
Plans for a Viking ship.
The Viking Navy will always strive to make Viking ships perform as well today as they did 1000 years ago. To that end various experimental rigging ideas are pictured here.
In 1972 I saw a Viking Ship for the first time. The hull was such a
work of art. I couldn't believe that sailors capable of building such a
fine hull would be satisfied with square sails. The ideas expressed here
are the results of a twenty year search for the lost art of Viking rigging
The lost art of Viking rigging A 2000 word essay.
When I saw that the rudder was shaped like an airplane wing I set out to find the lost art of Viking rigging and sailing... lift.
Table of contents. rudder shields Oil oars-as-outrigger P Oar Sails P Ship cover P Mast Two Sails P 256 Diamond sails P P S Sailing blind Navigation Viking Watch P P snow Sailing
Longitude at landfall How the Viking could calculate where they were once they landed. The sun speed at each Latitude is different also. See the table for a latitude by sun speed.
Some sketches of rigging ideas.
The control rope are not shown. Each row of sails can be controlled as a group. Note that the blue wing tips are attached to each other, but are not attached to the red sails. The red wing tips, on the other hand, are attached to the leading point of the blue sails. Rigging ropes come in sets of three.
1. Red nose to red tail the whole row and down to the stem and stern.
2. Blue wing tips attached and the whole row and down to the stem and stern.
3. Blue tail, blue nose, red wing tips all attached and the whole row and down to the stem and stern.
Here is a picture of these sails with their rigging ropes. Also a good description of how to sail a Viking Navy rigged ship.
Viking Navy sail with control lines.
Specification for Viking Navy sail shown. Small line drawings.
Specification for Viking Navy Watch. Small line drawing.
Specification for Viking Navy Sun Compass. Small black and white line drawing.
The oar sails allow the
Viking Navy ship to skip down the face of a swell.
More about these and other ideas
Ingemar Ahlenius of Sweden is testing another design for Viking Sails.
Two sailors of the Viking Navy have Viking boats.
There are Viking ships in the world that go on trips.
L'Anse aux Meadows Some comments on my visit.
My different translation of the Kensington
Short 400 word essay. I was never satisfied with the translation of this Rune stone. So I translated it myself. One of the key lines read "We have our lodge between two nude mountain ranges." That got me to thinking.
copy of the Kensington Rune stone Large sketch.
Kensington Rune-smith My current working translation of the K stone. Good rune graphics.
copy of Viking Rune article from Spokane Washington Large picture of a newspaper page.
copy of the Spirit pond Rune stone Large picture of the actual stone.
Copy of Roseau Rune stone Large picture. Very hard to make out.
Selfrighting Viking Ship design.
Splitdiamond Sail design for fast Sailing Viking Ships.