Due to a variety of circumstances, the next posting will not appear until the weekend. Luckily, Norwegian-Netartian Ed Storo sent this response to my previous post regarding port and starboard:
"They both come from old Norwegian sailing terms. Starboard came from “styr bord”. Styr meaning steer, and bord meaning board. The Viking ships used a board on the right side of the ship to steer. It was lashed to the vessel, and had a long arm on it that was used to twist the board. As it was located on the right side, it would be difficult to maneuver the ship when coming or going to port. Port in Norwegian is “Port”.
If one has never seen a Viking ship, then the above explanation would become worthless."
Below is a picture of the Oseberg Ship discovered in a large burial mound at the Oseberg farm in Vestfold county, Norway. The ship, dating back to 800 A.D., is now in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.
|The Osberg Ship, Wikipedia.org|