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Longships are sea vessels made and used for trade, commerce, exploration, and warfare. The longship is characterized as a graceful, long, narrow, light, wooden boat with a shallow-draft hull designed for speed. The ship’s shallow draft allow navigation in waters only one metre deep and permit beach landings, while its light weight enabled it to be carried over portages. Longships were also double-ended, the symmetrical bow and stern allowing the ship to reverse direction quickly without having to turn around. Longships were fitted with oars along almost the entire length of the boat itself and a rectangular sail on a single mast was used to augment the effort of the rowers, particularly during long journeys. The average speed of these ships vary from ship to ship but lays in the range of 5–10 knots and the maximum speed of a Longship under favorable conditions is around 15 knots.