Viking ships were vessels used during the Viking Age in Northern Europe. Scandinavian tradition of shipbuilding during the Viking Age was characterized by slender and flexible boats, with symmetrical ends with true keel. They were clinker built, which is the overlapping of planks riveted together. They might have had a dragon's head or other circular object protruding from the bow and stern, for design, although this is only inferred from historical sources.

They ranged in the Baltic Sea and far from the Scandinavian home areas, to Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, the Mediterranean, and Africa.

The ships are normally divided into classes based on size and function.

Replicas of these wooden Ships are manufactured on New Sweden, transported and sold by special Order to Nilfeheim for Funeral Ceremonies.

The Volvo Group - New Sweden usally manufactures Skimmers, Fliers and other modern equipment but they do have a special program and Catalog item called Viking Funeral Boats (Dragon Boats) for Nilfeheim Customers. Nilfeheim has no native wood and no forests and anything made of wood has to be shipped to Nilfeheim, making Wood an expensive material on Nilfeheim. These Viking Funeral Boats are made to order and are detailed replicas of Historic Pre Astro Terra Viking Ships.

A Funeral Boat costs around : 500,000 credits plus 6,000 credits for shipping. Such steep prices make Dragon Boat Funerals a rare occation on Nilfeheim.

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