Viking Ship - Oseberg (850 A. D.)
"Osebergskibet" is one of the oldest well-preserved Viking ships discovered to date. It was found in Norway near Oseberg in the county of Westfold in 1903, resting on a "bed" of blue clay and covered with peat and many stones.
The ship was built in the latter half of the 9th Century and was buried approximately 50 years later. It is 21.58 meters long and was obviously a luxury and pleasure vessel. The timber holding the lower part of the mast - the mast partners - is not nearly as solid as in other ships. Whether this was because the ship was designed for sailing in peaceful coastal waters only or because Scandinavian shipbuilders has come no further than this stage, can not be ascertained with certainty.
The Oseberg ship is approximately 50-100 years older than other Viking ships found. It lay low in the water and was no doubt a rather perilous ship when travelling under sail. (By Billing Boats)
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