I Wonder If Martin Knows About This: First Irish Viking Ship

I’m sure Lynch would be interested as well, since it concerns Ireland. Yahoo News is reporting on what may be the first Viking vessel ever discovered in Ireland. The ship was found while dredging the River Boyne.


According to Yahoo news:

The vessel, nine metres (30 feet) wide by 16 metres long, was discovered accidentally during dredging operations last November but the find was not made public until now.
“It is described as clinker built, a shipbuilding technology dating from the Viking era but also still in use centuries later,” Roche said.
“Clearly we have to wait and see what condition the vessel is in and have it dated. Carbon dating analysis of some of the vessel’s timbers has been arranged by my department, with the results expected in a number of weeks.”

A fascinating piece of information from the article:

Archaeologists in the heritage ministry are carrying out an inventory of wrecks in the country’s rivers, lakes and around the coastline.
There are thought to be as many as 12,000.
The high number of wrecks is a result of the country being an island that imported many of its needs for centuries, suffered invasions and is close to major international shipping routes.

I think Val Kilmer said it best, in The Ghost and the Darkness, when he said God invented alcohol to keep the Irish from ruling the world (of course, being part Scottish flinging poo at the Irish for their drinking proclivities is an exercise in hypocrisy…)

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4 Responses

  1. God invented alcohol to keep the Irish from ruling the world (of course, being part Scottish flinging poo at the Irish for their drinking proclivities is an exercise in hypocrisy…)

    Not hypocrisy, but ingratitude. Who d’ya think taught the Scots to make whisky?
    fusilier
    James 2:24

  2. Nice! I didn’t know. Maybe they will be able to dendro date it.

  3. nine metres (30 feet) wide by 16 metres long

    A fascinating find, but someone’s messed up the dimension. No ship actually intended to travel anywhere would be less then twice as long as it is wide.
    My amateur guess is that it’s estimated to have been 3 m x 16 m ..

  4. I think you’re right Scott. Even the stubby Portugese caravel has a greater length/beam ratio than this.

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