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Old 06-07-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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hi there,

a quick history question here...........

was it true the Vikings sails were made of wool ??

i thought they would be hemp

any ideas folks ?
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flax would be likely
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I think I read something (way back) that wool was used. Interesting question.
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Fragments of Viking sails have been discovered and it appears as though Vikings made their sails with wool or linen, and they would often be dyed blood red for a more fearsome appearance.

( Linen from Flax - Wool from which animal?)
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Fragments of Viking sails have been discovered and it appears as though Vikings made their sails with wool or linen, and they would often be dyed blood red for a more fearsome appearance.

( Linen from Flax - Wool from which animal?)
Yes, they were made out of wool and from linen. ¬*If they were out of wool, they were made from an especially waterresistant type of wool from a special sheep race with long fur the Vikings held at that time. ¬*But this woolen cloth needed ¬*further treatment and processing for better resistance, and on top of that these woolen sails were supported by a net structure on the lee side to withstand the wind pressure even better. (The German Wikipedia has a huge chapter with very specific info on the ¬* sails¬* , the english version unfortunately does not have¬*¬*¬*, but it is way beyond my capacity of proper translation¬*¬*¬*¬*¬* ¬* .

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