A boat for 24 men
Hjortspring Bog on the island of Als in South Jutland is only 50 m x 45 m, so there was not much room for the 20 metre-long war canoe that was sacrificed in the bog in about 350 B.C. The Hjortspring boat was sacrificed together with 169 iron and bone arrowheads, almost…
Built for hard weather
The Hjortspring boat was built of planks of lime tree. It weighed over 530 kg and could carry 24 men and their equipment. When fully loaded, it could carry almost two tons. A reconstruction of the boat shows that it could cover almost 100 kilometres a day in good weather. At top speed, it could travel at 8 knots and was an especially seaworthy craft – even in very bad weather. Most researchers think the boat and weapons were sacrificed as thanks to the gods after victory over a defeated enemy. Today, the find is on display at the National Museum of Denmark.
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