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Viking Longships are ships used by the Vikings to sail across the ocean. They have been seen throughout the franchise, usually in the background.

Abilities/Purpose

Longships are the primary mode of transportation when traveling by water for long distances. They can either be wind-powered by the use of sails, or human powered by the use of oars.

According to the game, School of Dragons, longships are categorized according to the number of oarsmen they have, in the quest, "History of Viking Contraptions".

A longship! Did you know that a longship is classified by the number of oarsmen on board? And there's only one coxswain who coordinates the power and rhythm of all the oarsmen. Fascinating!
  Fishlegs in School of Dragons  


In Viking funerals, longships are commonly used as a part of the process. The longship, carrying the deceased is usually set out to sea, whilst family and friends cast flaming arrows upon it. The longship is allowed to burn, as apart of their traditions.

Design

Like most typical Viking longships of the time, it is Clinker-Built (a method of building a ship). Most of the longships depicted in the Franchise are similar to the Knarr and Karve Class Longships. These vessels were the smallest, but still considered a longship. They usually consisted of one mast and up to 16 rowing benches.

History

Viking ships were all made from planks of timber, usually oak, overlapped and nailed together. The ships were made watertight by filling the spaces between the planks with wool, moss or animal hair, mixed with tar or tallow. The ships were all the same long narrow shape, with shallow draughts The Vikings also had slower passenger and cargo ships called knorrs. They built small boats for fishing or short trips. Viking longships could sail in shallow water. So they could travel up rivers as well as across the sea.

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