Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Vinland was the name given to an area in North America by the Norsemen. Actually in 1960 archeaological evidence was found of a Norse Settlement on the northern tip of Newfoundland at L'Anse Aux Meadows. The only known settlement in North America outside of Greenland founded around 1001 CE. Now if you are not familiar with "CE" it refers to common era or christian era. It is used because not all humans follow AD which literally means "anno domini" (latin), "in the Year Of Our LOrd". It makes no sense for non chritians, a Jew, Moslem, Hindu, A Witch, A druid or atheist to refer to a date as being "in the year of our Lord" when they don't follow him, hense CE. AD 2009 means exactly the same as 2009 CE, except that AD or BC comes before the date and CE comes after.
Anyways it is always enlightening to me how far we have come in boat design and construction and in this shot so much history is encapsulated in this small area, with the name of the huge tanker being Vinland of Norse origin, the Nordkapp Kayak a Norwegin name but also probably related to The Norse as they did settle in parts of Norway, and also the connection of the Nordkapp kayak design to the early Greenland style kayaks and also the fact that Greenland was settled by The Norse. What a flood of thoughts as I drifted by.