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May 14 2013

Dealing with the doldrums on a Viking voyage


Heís crowded into a sleek sailing ship with 65 other men. Scarcely room to move. Itís been days since anybody has seen land - longer since anyone bathed. The old-timersí repeated tales of bygone raids and voyages are beginning to wear thin.

His place is behind an oar, but there is no need to row continuously on the North Sea. With wind in the sail, the boat surges towards England, where riches await.

But what is there to do while waiting to reach a foreign coast?

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