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Skuldelev 2 was very poorly preserved. It was a large Viking longship, a warship of the drakkar class. The vessel is estimated to have been approximately 92 feet long and was about 15 feet wide.

The Vikings called the section of the hull between neighbouring frames a room. There was a pair of rowers station within each room. The ship had between 36-38 rooms and therefore from 72 to 76 rowers. The Drakkar class of ships are warships of 30 rooms or more.

Skuldelev 2 gives us a very important piece of information: the rowers on this ship were spaced at an interval of only (just over) 70 cm, about 2ft 4 inches.

Such a large ship had to be both reasonably light but also quite sturdy. To do this the frames in all the Skuldelev ships were treenailed to the planking. Also, the frames were quite broad, lending sturdiness to the construction. The frames were also quite thin, lending lightness and resiliency to the construction.

As in Skuldelev 1, the side frames were placed midway between the frames and extended all the way down through the turn of the bilge, in the the interests of solid construction. The planking ranged in thickness from only 3/5ths to 1 and 1/5th of an inch thick, built entirely of oak.

The mast-step of Skuldelev 2 rested on a total of 18 frames and was 44 feet long. This made a significant contribution to the longitudinal strength of the hull and thus can be called a quasi-keelson.

Dendrochronology revealed that the ship was built in the Dublin, Ireland area about AD 1042. The shape of the ship would have allowed for great speed, up to 15 knots. It is one of the longest Viking ships every found.

Here is how the ship may have looked under full sail with a complete compliment of soldiers. It was a very large ship, but tells us that on the big warships, the Vikings crammed in as many rowing stations as possible, and that the rowers must have utilized a relatively short stroke, which means a slower rowing speed, unlike triremes.

Here we see a close-up of one of the thwarts, and the mats step. Note how wide the timbers are. This added strength to the hull.

These ships, with their shallow draft, allowed them to slip right up to the edge of the shore or onto it if necessary, then the men could jump out and attack immediately. When the fighting was over, they could reboard the ship and escape just as quickly.