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Draken Harald Harfagre

The Viking ship arrived at the Hudson River Maritime Center in Kingston NY last night (Thursday Sept 8th) after sailing from Norway. Today thru Monday she is open to the general public for deck tours. The Admiral and I decided to beat the weekend crowds and went down this morning to take a tour. The boat is massively impressive although I'm not sure I would want to cross the North Atlantic in her. I think they said she carried a crew of 33 people.

For those not familiar with her, she was built in Norway not as a replica but as a recreation of a Viking ship taking her design from a patchwork of historical clues, not the least of which was the Gokstad ship found iin a burial mound in 1880.She is a recreation of what the Vikings called a "Great Ship"; her hull is constructed of Oak and her mast and spars are of Douglas Fir. Her length is 115 ft, beam 26 ft, mast 79 ft and 2800 sq ft of silk sail, draught is 8 ft, displacement is 90 tons. The ship is named after King Harald Harfagre, the king who united Norway into one kingdom. She left  Haugesund Norway on April 26th 2016, with stops in the Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands,  Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland Canada, Quebec Canada, then down the St Lawrence river and into the Great Lakes stopping at American and Canadian ports in each of the Great Lakes as far west as Duluth MN and Green Bay WI. Then back eastward to Lake Ontario and into the NYS Barge Canal System (aka Erie Canal) to Albany and then down the Hudson River to Kingston NY. Her next scheduled stops are New York City and Mystic CT and then ??????

The photos below show the highlights of our tour today.




Bow area with Dragon's head and ornamentation along the cap rail








Main Deck looking Aft - under the sun shade tarp


The two red canvas covered areas are the ship's "hatch" - the larger one aft is the crew's quarters.




Note the oar "lock" hole in the ships side just above the deck, this is where the oars pass through.





Dead-eyes for Shrouds





One of the many oars


Note the hand hold carved into the oar in the 2nd photo below





Ship's winch



Crew's Quarters



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Additional Photos


Note the intricate carvings







Ship's Rudder



Stern area



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What a sweet looking and well detailed out ship.   Thanks for posting the great pictures, Jack.

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Thanks for this Jack. After building the Gokstad I have a healthy respect for the craftsmanship that was employed to build these ships. Just look at how the clinkered strakes join the stern post. I envy your being able to see this in person.


Regards, Ian

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Ian, Yes, it was nice to see her up close. The crew told us they had to remove the two dragons on the bow and stern in addition to stowing the mast while transiting the NY Barge Canal due to the very low bridges. I looked closely at both figure and I could not see where the separate from the ship. The decking was interesting also in that the individual planks had hand holds cut into them so the planks could be lifted out and gear stored beneath them.

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Awesome. Any idea what they used for ballast? Pig iron in the bilge?

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Thanks Jack!


Some photos will help me with my bireme build.

Rudder construction and attachment and the use of one eye deadeyes  :)



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Awesome. Any idea what they used for ballast? Pig iron in the bilge?


Ian, they did not mention what they were using for ballast


For those interested here's a link to their website.

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Very nice photos Jack. I live near Hafrsfjord where Harald Harfagre fought a major battle to secure his dominance over the area where I live.  According to the legend, row upon row of viking ships were lashed together and they fought from ship to ship. My daughter-in-law's uncle, Jostein Nylund, was one of the prime instigators of the monument. Here is a couple of photos I took of the sword monument in memory of that battle. The 2nd photo is just to show the scale.






an American living in Norway



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