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Keywords:

  • Gokstad faering;
  • replica;
  • boatbuilding

This is the story of the building of a replica Viking craft. Being only 22 ft (6.7 m) long and having 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m) beam, the Gokstad faering does not conform to our usual image of a Viking boat. However, the smaller craft shows all the construction details found in the larger ships. A close examination can help us to see some of the principles the Vikings applied to their boatbuilding.