What Ship Is That? The Dinghy, Dory & Drakkar

Dory Ship

A Dory

Life in the chandling business has predisposed the Link Ship Chandlers team to a keen interest in historical shipping. In fact, we geek out about old ships pretty hard. As such, we’ve been sharing some fun and interesting info on some of our favourite historical vessels over the course of the last year or so. Our previous instalment featured the Corvette, Cutter & Dhow. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the diminutive Dinghy, the versatile Dory, and the ferocious Drakkar.

The Dinghy – The Little Boat that Could

The Dinghy is a small boat that is used to travel between ship and shore, carrying passengers and supplies. Although some are known to have a single sail, it is most often simply powered by oar.

ID YOU KNOW? “Down at the Dinghy” is a short story by J. D. Salinger, originally published in Harper’s in April 1949, and included in the compilation, Nine Stories. The story marked a significant move away from his retelling of war experiences, towards a thematic focus on spiritual reawakening and human interdependence.

The Dory – The Old Faithful

A dory (also spelt doree and dorey), is a small, shallow-draft boat between 5 – 7 meters in length, seating between 2 and 4 people, including the oarsman. It is normally used for commercial fishing in the open sea, as well as whitewater rafting on interior rivers.

DID YOU KNOW? The character Dory in the animated film ‘Finding Nemo’ was written especially for Ellen Degeneres (who supplied the voice for the character). Dory’s memory problems in the story are in reference to the fact that fish only have a three-second memory.

The Drakkar – The Dragon Ship

The Drakkar is an imposing Viking ship that was developed in the 11th century by King Olaf Tryggvasson and his ilk. These ships were extremely effective war galleys but also very expensive to build and maintain. The largest version of the Drakkar, the Ormen Lange, could seat as many as 72 oarsmen and hold no less than 300 crew members.

DID YOU KNOW? Despite the fact that they are known as barbarians and rovers, Viking men seemed to have been very focussed on personal hygiene. Excavations of Viking sites have turned up tweezers, razors, combs and ear cleaners made from animal bones and antlers. They were also fond of frequent dips in mineral hot springs.

Check back soon for Part Eleven that will delve into the intricacies of the Drifter, Dromon & Dutch Clipper respectively.


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  1. […] info about historical ships here over the last few months. The last instalment featured the Dinghy, Dory & Drakkar. Today we find out more about the easy-going Drifter, daring Dromon, and the stoic Dutch […]

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