Vikings Invade Lewes
So this is something you don’t see everyday, the viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre The world’s largest viking ship, pulled into Lewes this evening and docked at the town docks. The Draken Harald Hårfagre is the world’s largest modern fully functional viking ship, all the way from Norway. She is on a tour of the east coast which started in Connecticut and will end in South Carolina. Check out their website the story about this ship is fascinating. She was built with traditional material, based on patterns and designs found in excavations.
One of the crew told me they are a day or so early on their way to Ocean City Maryland so they decided to stop in Lewes. “That harbor you have on the way in was very nice and calm.” He was referring to the harbor of safe refuge. You will be able to take a tour of the ship and the village they set up in Ocean City on the 22nd. Just in time for Jeep Week.
From the Website … “Expedition America – East Coast Tour 2018 will start at July 9 by Draken leaving Mystic Seaport, CT, to head for the ship’s first stopover. During the tour Draken will visit 14 harbors across the East Coast of the U.S. spanning from Maine to South Carolina. Welcome to the Draken Village during the ship’s stopover. Let our crew members take you on a deck tour, visit our exhibition and souvenir shop, enjoy a screening of the new Draken documentary film Expedition America – a modern Viking Adventure and come and listen to Captain Björn Ahlanders lecture about the adventurous expeditions.”
I met captain Bjorn this evening and talked to him briefly, they were busy tying the Draken Harald Hårfagre up to the Lewes town docks. I didn’t want to get in the way, they had a long trip, a lot of work to do, and half the town was pouring out to see the ship. The volunteers that help run her needed showers and food. The dock master was taking care of them when I left. I will be back in the morning for more pictures in better light.