The mast is in place and the anchor is up. The boats set sail to cross the English Channel. The boat shown under full sail is towing a dinghy (known as a faering). The Vikings called their largest ships Drakkars, or dragon ships, from Drage meaning Dragon and Kar meaning ship. The Drakkar, built mainly of oak and spruce, ranged in length from 80 to 140 feet, had a breadth of 20 to 25 feet and carried a crew of up to 300 warriors. The shield at the end of the boat is called an Aphlaston. A protective device set at the bow and stern of the boat to protect from damage caused by ramming. In the lower border appears the fable of ‘The Wolf and the Crane’.

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