Complete detailed Viking ship plans and ship model plans for the 9th
century Viking sailing and rowing ship 'Gokstad' are available from Specialty Imports.
These detailed and professionally
drafted Viking ship plan drawings are suitable for the compilation
of material takeoff lists, layout for timber and plank measurement and
cutting schedules for the full scale construction of an impressive and
highly seaworthy sailing and rowing vessel. The Gokstad ship is 76'
5" (23.33 m.) long, between the extreme points fore and aft.
Greatest width is 17' 6" (6.25 m.). The height from the bottom of
the keel to the gunnel amidships is 6' 4 4/5" (1.05 m). The ship's
side above the waterline amidships is 3' 7 1/2" (1.10 m.), and it
draws 33 1/2" (0.85 m.). The weight of the hull fully equipped is
estimated at 20.2 metric tons. An exact copy of the ship had a tonnage
of 31.78 registered tons. The ship is built of oak throughout arid
consists of keel, stem and stern, ribs with crossbeams and knees, and
If you envision a model ship project
encompassing the creation of a truly unique and accurate model of this
classic Viking sailing and rowing vessel in exquisite detail, we can
custom tailor the plans' scale to the size and scope of your project,
while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the plans.
You will find on this Web site detailed
analyses of the development of the ancient Viking ship-building methods,
along with numerous drawings and photographs of the Gokstad in various
stages of construction.
From the layout of the keel to the
carving of the stems, which include carved projections forming the
tie-in to the planking; this project will take you through the historic
stages in the European development of ocean-going rowing and sailing
ships. Learn first-hand of the practicality and reliability of the
Vikings unique method of riveting the lower planking together, and then
using pine-tarred cordage (originally horse-hair) to lace the middle and
upper planks together to maintain flexibility and durability on the high
seas, allowing the Vikings to venture as far as northern Africa and
India, as well as onto the heavy seas of the Atlantic.
You will then venture on to the
construction to the Viking's answer to the unique problem of steering a
high double-ended canoe style ship measuring 76' 6" in length and
14' 6" in breadth by the semi-flexible attachment of a 20' plus
steering oar. Finish your jewel off with the fine detail of the personal
supply chests the 32 oarsmen used in double-duty as seating platforms.
The prerequisite to rigging the 40 meter
square sail to the mast is naturally preceded by attaching the mast to
the Maststep, which is in turn attached to the Fishmast, although you
may prefer to improvise over the Viking's use of heavy grown limbs
shaped during several decades of growth for secure attachment around and
over the keel.
Ordering procedures for the complete set
of size 'D' plans, as well as Viking ship model plans can be found by
merely clicking on the Gokstad image
at the top left of every page.
The Gokstad a seaworthy sailing and
rowing vessel designed over a 1000 year period by the earliest European
masters of the craft of shipbuilding. We have, although the scale could
be adjusted accordingly.
The pilot project and initial vehicle
for fulfilling MeriSol Services, Inc.'s mission was the creation of paid
jobs training programs for at-risk youth and financially disadvantaged
heads of families. The pilot project for this program was the
construction of a full scale replica of the 'Gokstad.' MeriSol Services,
Inc. was formed as a nonprofit corporation on February 11, 1997.
The plans we are offering were drafted
in Oslo, Norway in 1956 directly from the reconstruction of the Gokstad,
an extremely delicate project which saw completion after a period of
several decades. The plans, size "D", measure 26 inches X 48
inches, and are precise.
Viking Ship plans consist of:
- Plan Lines
- Profile Section Lines
- Diagonal Section Lines
- Section Stations: (4)
- Profile Detail
- Plan Detail
- Profile Section Detail
Details scanned from the building plans
for the Gokstad have been published to this site for those who have an
interest in Viking ships, Viking ship plans and Viking ship model plans.
In addition to the numerous images and plans published on this Web site,
I have included an abstract of a detailed analysis of the Construction
Methods of the Gokstad. The distinguished author's treatise is not
limited to the construction methods which were used to build the
Gokstad, but encompasses a comprehensive analysis of the historical
development of shipbuilding techniques by the Vikings.
We are in the process of recreating our
'Links' section, but a particularly noteworthy resource is the Gaia Web site. This group,
based in Norway, has extensively sailed a reproduction of the Gokstad
ship, called ''Gaia".
Gaia was built to full scale using
traditional Viking shipbuilding methods. You will find quality photos
and videos of Gaia and crew in places ranging from Europe, America,
Antarctica and Brazil, to name a few. Their Web site is truly
impressive. It is well organized, with a thorough 'Links' section, and
is well worth the visit.
- The price for the full-size
set of plans is now only $161.95 ea. (For the month of
October Only - Otherwise $209.95).
- For 36" (2/3) plans,
now available for only $89.95 (For the month of October Only -
- For models, we offer
18" sets now for only $39.95 ea. (For the month of
October Only - Otherwise $59.95).
- For a Digital set of plans
(TIFF) only $89.95 (For the month of October Only - Otherwise
- We can adapt plans to
certain custom specifications upon request.
MeriSol Services, Inc. is the only
commercial source for authentic plans for the Gokstad Viking Ship.
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