Could Nessie have inspired the shape of Viking ships?
Compare the crenelation of the ship's wales to the spikes on Nessie's back
in this cartoon. Note the head and tail on the Viking ship. The similarity
But when did Vikings get a chance to see Nessie? The
River Ness extends 6 miles from Loch Ness to the North Sea. The
River Ness is a prime fishing spot for salmon and other fresh water fish.
Vikings were fishermen. And it is likely that they rowed upstream looking
for even more fish, and possibly a village to plunder. The Vikings
were pirates as well as fishermen and explorers.
Ships sink now and then, particularly if they are
attacked, as Viking ships often were. So, it is possible that a
Viking ship or two, laden with Spanish doubloons, lies at the murky bottom
of Loch Ness.
For more information on Vikings in Scotland, visit:
viking longship scientific american
PBS page on Vikings
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