Uploaded by smike 01/02/2009 21:31:22
Well i both wanted to make a ship and to have the dragon theme..
So why not a Ship from my own history in that time where danemark ruled all over..
I first started to make the drawing real boards as the hull but i relized that it would make the hull fill 3 times as mouch.
So i made it with one surface and then uses textures to make the boards..
This ships is sailing with sail so the oars is gathered in special oar holders on both sides of the mast..
A longship dont have bences or other kind of seatings..
the vikings used a wooden box in which every person had his things and the boxes was used as seatings by the roars..
Serpent – Drakkar – Dragon-ship (Norwegian: “drage” / “drake” or “Orm”)
In english literature several terms seem to be in use for a looser group of large viking ships.
Both the terms serpents and drakkars are frequently used,
Longships were ships primarily used by the Scandinavian Vikings to raid coastal and inland settlements during the European Middle Ages.
The vessels were also used for long distance trade and commerce, and for exploratory voyages to Iceland, Greenland, and beyond.
Longship design evolved over several centuries and was fully developed by about the 9th century.
The character and appearance of these ships have been reflected in Scandinavian boat-building traditions until today.
The longship was characterized as a graceful, long, narrow, light wooden boat with a shallow draft hull designed for speed.
The ship’s shallow draft allowed navigation in waters only one meter deep and permitted beach landings,
while its light weight enabled it to be carried over portages.
Longships were also double-ended, the symmetrical bow and stern allowing the ship to reverse direction quickly,
without having to turn around.
Longships were fitted with oars along almost the entire length of the boat itself and a rectangular sail on a single mast
Dragon ships are known from historical sources, such as the 13th century Göngu-Hrólfs Saga (the Saga of Rollo).
Here, the ships are described as elegant and ornately decorated, and used by those who went raiding and plundering.
According to the historical sources the ships’ prows carried carvings of menacing beasts, such as dragons and snakes,
allegedly to protect the ship and crew, and to ward off the terrible sea monsters of Norse mythology.
It is however likely that the carvings, like those on the Oseberg ship, might have had a ritual purpose,
or that the purported effect was to frighten enemies and townspeople.
No true dragon ship, as defined by the sagas, has been found by archaeological excavation. Therefore,
their existence is only supported by the historical sources.