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January 1 2012 at 2:33 PM
Seoc Colla  (no login)

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The ocean-going long ships were quite small and the Vikings had a strategy in sailing to the head of a sea loch, dragging the boats across a suitable bit of ground to a nearby fresh water loch - then attacking the unwary settlements from the rear.

This low lying strip of land is called Tarbet/ Tarbert and they are to be found in several locations in Scotland.

Not sure if the name is from gaidhlig or Norse but in effect, this tactic rendered the longships similar to todays 4 wheel drives. Longships were the only means of returning home - usually in October - and losing the boat would mean a slow death in a hostile country.

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