National Museum Post

24 Oct

            As I walked around the National Museum of Ireland, a large ship caught my eye.  To me, modes of transportation are fascinating, and I was curious to learn a bit about the transportation methods used hundreds of years ago.

            The boat that caught my eye was actually a replica.  The original boat is named the Gokstad Faering.  After being lost for hundreds of years, the ship was found in 1880 in Gokstad, Norway.  Historians believe that the ship was built and first used around 900 A.D.. When studying this boat, historians believe that the boat was quite fast because smaller, quick fishing boats known as faerings accompanied it.  The ship seen below would have been anchored by two oarsmen.  In many ways, this ship is typical to a Viking ship.  This boat, like those of Vikings was made of two types of wood, pine and oak.  The oak would be used for a majority of the ship while the upper planks are of pine.

            This boat relates to Irish history in that it reminds us of how the Vikings used to settle in this small island.  When most people think of Irish history, the conflict with the British and potato famine typically come to mind, but the rule of the Vikings was a significant period in Irish history, with many historians estimating the period to last from 812 to 1169.

            Another artifact that I found in the museum was another boat.  This boat is called the Lurgan Logboat.  This boat is significantly older, and is actually 4,500 years old.  The boat was constructed in Galway.  What is most fascinating to me about this ship is that it remained in tact for so many years while the Golkstad Faering could not. 

            Going to this museum was a great experience and I will recommend to my parents that they visit when they come to Dublin!

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