The Long Ship

Canada's History - - TRADING POST -

These sleek sail­ing ships were once feared by all who lived in coastal Europe dur­ing the Vik­ing era. Long ships were used to trans­port troops dur­ing Vik­ing raids, and of­ten fea­tured a dragon’s head carved into the prow. They could be rowed, although once at sea, they em­ployed a sin­gle sail for propul­sion. They were also dou­ble- ended, al­low­ing them to reverse quickly dur­ing bat­tles.

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