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Hi, are you looking for plans to build a Viking Ship? Well, here is a start. I have put together this page from material available from the University Of Oslo. They have more material available, of course, in what is known as "Universitetets Oldsaksamling".
What you see here is a table of offsets which is 90% of what you need to create your own plans of a Viking Ship with lines like the Oseberg Ship.
If you are new to boat building, you may be excused for thinking that this sure doesn't look like any plans you have ever seen before for other building projects. And right you are. The thing about boats is that they have almost no right angles whatsoever. Everything is a curve fitting into another curve or two or three or... Well, you know what I mean.
For as long as man has gone to sea, he has built boats without formal plans. Mostly, without even a table of offsets. Skilled shipwright built their boats from memory and integrated their own improvements and maybe the wishes of the owner. The builders could be stubborn old coots and it could take some convincing to introduce a new feature.
Be that as it may, today we usually need a little more firm starting point. This starting point is preferably a table of offsets. What is a table of offsets? It is simply a table giving vital measurements according to a standard way of measuring the dimensions of a hull.
The standard method goes more or less as follows:
That's all there is to it. From these measurements, you can lay out the waterlines and the side view of the ship. This process is called lofting and is what gives you a full size set of lines from which you can make templates for the station moulds, the keel and the individual planks.
Here is the complete table of offsets. "Barkholt" refers to the thickest plank where the bottom planking meets the top side planking. This is also where the hanging knee ends and the rib ends overlap.
|Table of Offsets for the Oseberg Ship|
|Distance between stations (10 sections)||2158mm.|
|Baseline above underside of keel at station L2||240mm|
|Spacing of waterlines||200mm.|
|All measurements refer to moulded lines.|
Oldsaksamling, University of Oslo, Norway.
October 1954 K.E.L