Release The Draken!
There is something magical about watching a viking ship leave the Lewes Canal and head out to sea. You can imagine what it was like back in the days of the vikings for their families to watch them leave, not knowing if they would return. That was the feeling people got today watching the Draken Harald Hårfagre leave Lewes. I can imagine it would be a different feeling watching these ships show up in your port, knowing they weren’t there to do some shopping.
The Draken Harald Hårfagre pulled out of Lewes today and headed out of the canal. There was a good sized crowd to watch her leave,waving to the crew and the crew waving back. We watched the little boat help her maneuver and turnaround. Then she headed down the canal. Everyone ran to their cars and headed to the Roosevelt Inlet.
When she rounded the bend to enter the Roosevelt Inlet, the DELRIVER ship let of a long blast on her horn. Saying goodbye to the Draken Harald Hårfagre. For a split second the crew of the Draken thought they had a ship coming at them until they realized it was a send off and not a warning. So of course, they answered in kind, with their own horn which from the sound of it was from a large actual animal horn. I was imagining a large viking on a ship blasting his war or summoning horn. That back in the day probably scared the hell out of people, or they would announce their return to home port.
We chased her down the coast. In Cape Henlopen state park we could see her round the point and then she started to raise her sail. Then it was tacking back and forth to make the journey to her next port.
The Draken Harald Hårfagre ported in Ocean City not long ago, and you can visit her for a few days and take a tour. The crew said they liked Lewes so much they just might be back on this year’s tour of the east coast. Apparently we have good local beer I was told. I concur.