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A medieval weather vane from a ship. This, like other weather vanes, was eventually placed on a church, in this case Tingelstad Church. It is currently on display in Kulturhistorisk museet in Oslo.

A weather vane from a Viking Age ship. This, like other weather vanes, was eventually placed on Heggum Church. It is currently on display in Kulturhistorisk museet in Oslo.

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There are many ships depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry. They are Anglo-Saxon and Norman models, but they would have been of very similar construction to Scandinavian ships at this date, and we can learn a lot about the decoration of the ships from…

Photographs of the remains of the Klåstad ship in Slottsfjellsmuseet.

A reconstructed Viking ship in Lofoten, Norway. The design appears to be based on the Gokstad ship.

Prinsesse Kristina is a modern recreation based on Skuldelev 5, a warship of the Snekkja type that had 13 pairs of oars. The main difference is that this recreation has a rudder, instead of a steering oar. The ship is named for King Hakon…

A replica of the Klåstad ship is being built outside the Quality Hotel Tønsberg, in the middle of the area used for the Viking festival. The Klåstad ship was found in 1893 and is on display at Slottsfjellsmuseet in Tønsberg. It was found in a mud…

A yacht called 'Sigyn'. In Norse mythology, Sigyn was Loki's wife, who cared for him even when he was chained in a cave with the entrails of his children. A snake had been placed over his face to drip poison into it. She held a bowl over his face to…

These carved pieces are original elements of the stem of the Oseberg ship, showing how highly decorated it was and how well preserved the woodwork was.

The Gokstad ship was found in a burial mound at Gokstad in Vestfold, Norway. The ship dates to c. 890 AD and the burial probably took place c. 900 AD. A single male skeleton was found with the ship, but the site had been plundered before excavation…

The parrel (left) was used to fix the sail to the mast on the ship. The rope tighteners would have been used wherever needed in the rigging.

The Tune ship is currently being 3D scanned, hence it is covered with white dots that are used to measure it. The scanning project is investigating how to stop active decay and preserve the objects in the collection.

The Tune ship has not survived as well as the Gokstad and Oseberg ships, with which it shares the Vikingskipshuset. However, it appears to have been a faster, sea-going vessel that could have outsailed both. It is not a cargo ship, because it does…
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