How Did Vikings Navigate At Sea?

In the time of Vikings, ravens were known for their ability to find land. Captains would keep a cage of the birds on board their ship and release a raven when they thought land was near. If the raven circled above the ship or returned to the ship, they gave up on finding land soon. But if the bird flew in a direct path, the ship followed in hopes of spotting the shore.

How did early Sailors navigate the Oceans? | The Curious Engineer

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  1. Leif Erikson discovered America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. 00:13

  2. If you have a compass, know the date, and know how high the sun should be at local noon, you can determine your current latitude. 02:56

  3. In 1714, the British government offered a prize to anyone who could design a clock that would be accurate over long sea voyages. 04:04

Written by Curiosity Staff August 28, 2015