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New Free Ship Plans added to Oar-Powered Vessels

Due to the popularity of our plans pages for the Ancient Trireme and the Gokstad Viking Longship, we’ve added two new ancient ship plans to our Oar-Powered Vessels page.

Both of these plans come from  Atlas du Génie Maritime, a treasure-trove of ship plans in the archives of the French Le Ministère de la Défense.

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Ancient Galley

First is the plan of an Ancient Galley. This ship would have plied the waters of the Mediterranean during the Classic period of history under the command of a captain who may have held allegiance to any of the major sea powers of the era, from the Greeks and Romans all the way up to the Medieval period and beyond. Galleys were in use well into modern history, due to their ability to maneuver in shallow or becalmed waters.

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Sultan’s Caique

Or next addition is a Sultan’s Caique, which would have been used to transport Turkish leaders during the late Ottoman Empire. These vessels were opulent in their luxury, befitting the rulers of the largest superpower in the Medieval world.

Either of these plans would provide the basis for a beautiful ship model for the scratch-building model shipwright that was well outside the possibilities available through model ship kits.

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Free Ship Plan: Gokstad Viking Longship

Viking longships were used by Scandinavian mariners for everything from commerce to exploration to warfare. With roots in the stone age, longship design reached its zenith between the 9th and 13th centuries. Longships sported a series of oars nearly the entire length of the boat, and a rectangular sail.

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Viking longship excavated at Gokstad Norway

Our Viking longship plan comes from Ancient and Modern Ships by Sir George Charles Vincent Holmes, published in 1906. Holmes Took from Transactions of the Institution of Naval Architects, Vol. xxii, from a paper by noted naval architect Colin Archer. This particular smaller Viking longship was discovered in 1880 in a grave at Gokstad near Sandefjord at the entrance of the Fjord of Christiana. Built entirely of oak, she was 77 ft. 11 inches in length, extreme breadth 16 ft. 7 inches, depth from top of keel to gunwale 5 ft 9 inches.

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