I will take it that you are interested in Vikings or you would not be here. Over the next two posts I will feature two fabulous contemporary Viking ships, one built in Norway and the other built in Denmark.
This post features the Norwegian ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre (Dragon Harald Fairhair), named for Norway’s first King, Harald Fairhair. At 115’ and some 70-tons of beautifully fashioned oak, she is the largest dragon ship built to date. Some have stated that she is capable of 21-knots; an excellent turn of speed. But regardless, she is a magnificent sight under sail. You also won't want to miss the Photo Collage if you've come this far. The photos and the YouTube video following this paragraph will give you an appreciation for the scale of the project and the consummate skill of the ship builders.
In the next blog I’ll feature the Danish ship, Sea Stallion, a modern reconstruction of an actual 98’ Viking long ship constructed in Ireland in the 11th-century. (Ed.)
|The lower hull takes shape|
|Lower hull planking|
|Draken under sail|
|Draken - 50 oars pulled by 100-men |
Man - collage of photos of the island
|Forward of the mast|
|Looks like a halyard winch|
|Aft of amidships|
|Draken figurehead atop the stem|