BOATS THAT WERE FAR AHEAD OF THEIR TIME
The flint hand-axe of the stone age, the pyramids of the pharaohs: every epoch has its characteristic symbols.
In Viking times it was the dragon boats. Some claim that the Viking period could never have existed without these vessels. Indeed, they were masterpieces of the art of boat-building that left their mark on European shipping for centuries.
Sturdy enough to brave the high seas, but with a shallow enough draught to travel far upriver and penetrate deep into the hinterland, these extraordinarily versatile longboats were an ideal means of transport for invaders, explorers, and traders. With the coloured stripes of their sails, their magnificent carved dragon’s head prows, their curves reminiscent of swans and other water birds, they were the pride of their crews and sped like birds across the oceans.