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Shipbuilding in Dublin Ireland has been a major part of Irish culture since the Middle Ages In 795 AD when the Vikings invaded Ireland one of their major contributions was their sea vessels Because the Vikings wanted to base most of their living styles on sea they were able to construct amazing ships of all kinds ranging for many uses from naval battles to trade They gave Ireland not only sea transportation but also judging by the carvings in the wood a foundation for medieval Irish artwork There is not much common knowledge of Vikings and their use of sea travel because of their complex history and background but unknowingly they made better use to the Vikings than just raiding and plundering Without the seafaring background their ancestors had modern-day Ireland would not have the wondrous mythology to study knowledge to design and build incredible boats or perceptive technology to use Superstitions associated with the sea shaped the unique and intricate designs on both medieval and modern-day Dublin ships According to Norse mythology most of the superstitions that the Vikings and even some modern-day Irish people believe in are enormous beasts and monsters opposed to ideas or concepts One of those creatures is Kelpie Though Kelpie originates in Celtic mythology Gahr it has its parallels to Norse mythology but the name is all the same Kelpie is said to be a water demon resembling a small horse with backwards hooves and seal-like skin Some not all of the wave-like carvings on the sides of Viking ships resemble the alluring mane of Kelpie It did contribute one of the more noticeable designs but creatures that take a more important role were those of serpent-like appearance such as Master Stoorworm and Questing Beast Like Kelpie Master Stoorworm comes from Celtic mythology but merged with Norse mythology in the second half of the middle ages He is a massive serpent that no one can see because of his
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