The Vikings were excellent seafarers and were among the most skillful shipbuilders the world has ever seen. One of the most famous Viking vessels was the longship. It could be up to 75ft in length. This long sailing ship was used for ocean voyages and warfare, and it was shallow enough to row up a river. The longship had an open deck without cabins or benches. The rowers sat on hide-covered sea chests that contained their possessions, weapons and food rations.
Ask an adult to cut out the card and balsa wood templates following the measurements shown.
YOU WILL NEED
Thick card, balsa wood strips and pole, pale and dark brown paper, plain paper, pencil, ruler, scissors, craft knife, acrylic paints, paintbrush, water pot, white glue and glue brush, masking tape, string.
A longship put to sea with a crew of around 30 fighting men. Each one knew how to fight as well as how to man the oars. The round shields of the warriors were slotted along the side of the ship. An awning of sailcloth could be erected to keep off the sun or rain.