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THE VIKINGS ARE COMING - BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID

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THE VIKINGS ARE COMING - BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID

Post  Lamplighter on Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:09 pm

Viking ship heading down Erie Canal, to reach NYC Thursday
September 03, 2016
LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A Viking ship is heading down the Erie Canal. The 114-foot-long Draken sailed from Norway to North America this summer. The hand-built wooden ship has a stunning red sail and a carved dragon figurehead, but they had to be taken down so the craft could pass under bridges over the canal.


The Draken Harald Harfagre departs Bay City, Mich., on the Saginaw River. The Viking ship is heading down the Erie Canal the weekend of Sept. 3. The 114-foot-long Draken sailed from Norway to North America this summer. The hand-built wooden ship has a stunning red sail and a carved dragon figurehead, but they had to be taken down so the craft could pass under bridges over the canal.

The ship is having deck tours at several stops along the canal. It's scheduled to spend this weekend at Little Falls, New York, and arrive at the Hudson Maritime Center in Kingston, New York, on Friday. It will stay there until the following Thursday, then head to New York City.

Plans are for the mast to be put back in place before the ship sails from New York City up to Connecticut.
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Post  bb1 on Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:46 pm

Oh, what a glorious sight, LL! I looked it up:

http://www.drakenexpeditionamerica.com/

In late April 2016 Draken Harald Hårfagre, the worlds largest viking ship built in modern times, will leave her home port in Haugesund, Norway and sail off for a challenging voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean.

The aim is to explore and relive one of the most mythological sea voyages – the first transatlantic crossing, and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than a thousand years ago. History tells us about the Viking explorer, Leif Eriksson, who discovered America over 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
 The expedition is all about exploring the world, just like the Vikings did.

The project will, like Leif Eriksson, create intercultural meetings and inspire people to go beyond the horizon in a modern Viking saga. Along the traditional route, the ship will pass Viking settlements and new archaeological findings.

Reaching the American continent, Expedition America 2016 will sail on visting ports in Canada and USA



I hope they kept their axes sharp, and their shield walls up, when they docked in Chicago and Detroit.....

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Post  bb1 on Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:51 pm

http://www.drakenexpeditionamerica.com/exhibition-2/

The video on that page, of Draken sailing through icebergs, is superb.

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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:49 pm

In June 1993 I stood on Westminster Bridge and watched as the reconstructed Greek trireme Olympias sailed towards me then under the bridge on its way to the Pool of London.   Incredible to see.   LL
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Post  lily on Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:18 pm

That video is nothing less than beautiful!
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Post  bb1 on Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:46 pm

It's a stunning video, well done, LL, for posting the story!

A few years ago, I got a bit of a shock when I saw this:



offshore, firing a broadside at a local old castle - for a minute, i thought I had fallen through a hole in time, or something. rofl rofl rofl rofl

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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:52 pm

I find myself imagining what it must have been to be a Viking, sailing intothe unknown. I am sure my dad's Viking ancestors were sailors as he was one for most of his life, and being involved in the family importing fish and marine items to many parts of the world. You know, I like being a 'mongrel', my Austrian and Norwegian blood flows in great harmony within me. LL
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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:11 pm

One of my most favorite film scenes - Kirk Douglas, as Einar, 'runs the oars' in The Vikings; he did the run three times in all, no stuntman used.   LL

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Post  bb1 on Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:15 pm

That's a good film to rewatch on a wet winter afternoon, LL.

I suspect there's something we'd all HATE about being Vikings, etc - getting wet. Remember, none of our seafaring ancestors had proper waterproofs.....

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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:28 pm

Actually they did have 'waterproofs', capes made of sealskin my dad told me. LL
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Post  lily on Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:33 pm

I too have some Viking in me but I wonder about the rape, pillage and plunder?
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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:35 pm

lily wrote:I too have some Viking in me but I wonder about the rape, pillage and plunder?
Err, pass. You're being norty again!! LL hug hug
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Post  lily on Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:39 pm

Me? As if....... Wink
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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:45 pm

lily wrote:Me?  As if....... Wink
Yes, you, you blonde bombshell!! LL
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Post  lily on Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:42 pm

hug hug hug
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Post  bb1 on Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:45 pm

You can be one of the farming Vikings, Lily.

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Post  lily on Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:46 pm

Is that good or not, Bonny? smile
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Post  bb1 on Sat Sep 03, 2016 9:16 pm

It's a bit quieter than being a pillaging Viking!

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Post  lily on Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:23 pm

Okay. I'll take that. rofl rofl rofl
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