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The typical sailing boat of the Norwegian coast, now obsolete. The true jaegt was the direct descendant of the Viking longship, with the same high stern and stem and a large square sail carried on a single mast; they remained in use from about the 14th to the 19th centuries. Their main use was to take the fish catch, from the Lofoten Islands, the centre of the Norwegian cod fisheries, to Bergen, returning up the coast with, it was said, mainly elm boards for coffins which were offloaded at the various ports of call.

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