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Goose_Green
07-01-2007, 09:37 PM
Heard about this on the radio last night, and found the link on the BBC News website. Rather them than me me thinks http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Viking Warship (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6248978.stm)

Celeon999
07-02-2007, 01:09 AM
Hehehehe http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

I always told you the Vikings would come back !

Confess your sins brits , while there is still time. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

This will be a hell of a ride. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
Im not sure somebody would get me aboard although it must be a "once in a lifetime" experience to do this. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

If it succeeds , the next step would be to cross the atlantic and reach the american continent just like some Vikings did.

VikingGrandad
07-02-2007, 07:44 AM
Excellent - I look forward to watching the TV programme later this year. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Originally posted by Celeon999:
If it succeeds , the next step would be to cross the atlantic and reach the american continent just like some Vikings did.

That would be a difficult challenge too, but perhaps not as difficult as some would imagine. The Vikings who discovered North America are believed to have sailed from Greenland, (having emigrated there from Iceland), so they were relatively close - but of course still a long way for such small boats.

The amazing is that they didn't know where they were going...! They simply believed that there was land to the west. To sail a boat like that in the North Atlantic and have no idea where/when/if you would find land must have needed extraordinary courage. I guess the Vikings got their confidence from their excellent navigation skills (and those special mushrooms they were so fond of http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif)


A little trivia about Viking longboats ('Drakkar') - our modern word 'Starboard' comes from the Viking words which meant 'steer board'. The 'steer board' was of course the ship's rudder, and was always located on the right-hand side of the stern (because most people are right-handed). When a Viking ship was docked, the 'steer board' side was always docked kept away from the jetty so that it didn't get damaged - which is why the opposite side is now called 'port'.

Realjambo
07-02-2007, 08:08 AM
A little trivia about Viking longboats ('Drakkar') - our modern word 'Starboard' comes from the Viking words which meant 'steer board'. The 'steer board' was of course the ship's rudder, and was always located on the right-hand side of the stern (because most people are right-handed). When a Viking ship was docked, the 'steer board' side was always docked kept away from the jetty so that it didn't get damaged - which is why the opposite side is now called 'port'.


Well, they say you learn something new everyday - I just have!

I have to agree with Goose though - rather them than me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

PhantomKira
07-03-2007, 07:01 PM
I'm surprised there's no mention of an escort. There was a group of replica middle age era sailing vessels that visited the east coast of the US after an Atlantic crossing when I was a kid, and I specifically remember a frigate or corvette from one of the European navies had come along to ride herd and render aid as neccessary. Maybe it's too difficult to get such things for such a "short" journey, but I would think that given the North Sea's reputation for weather, something a bit more than a simple "here's some survival training, have a nice trip" is in order.

P.S. If that's the Danish Viking museum I think it is, I highly reccomend it. It's very nice.