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  • A square rigged, single masted Norse merchant ship used by the Vikings, built using the same method as with longships, karves, and faerings. It was used to transport trading goods and to supply food, drink, weapons, and armor to warriors and traders during their journeys across the Baltic and Mediterranean. These ships also routinely crossed the North Atlantic carrying livestock and stores to Norse settlements in Iceland and Greenland, and trading goods to posts in the British Isles and Continental Europe (and possibly the Middle East). The knarr's frame was shorter, wider, and broader in the beam than Norse longships.

    February 5, 2008