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Draken Harald Hårfagre

(Above) Wearing shirts to commemorate the occasion, the crew of the Draken Harald Hårfagre celebrates their arrival in North America, completing the most dangerous part of their 3,100-mile journey from Norway. (Photos obtained from Draken Harald Hårfagre. Click on images to view larger versions.)

13-Jun-16 – It has dodged icebergs, battled wind and rain, but the largest Viking ship built in modern times has made it across the Atlantic Ocean, still on its way to Navy Pier.

The Draken Harald Hårfagre dropped anchor at St. Anthony, Newfoundland, on June 1, five months after leaving Haugesund, Norway. As of Monday morning, it is on its way to Quebec City, scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

“It has not been easy,” reports Captain Bjőrn Ahlander. “We have encountered many problems on the trip but the crew has remained in good spirits and has worked hard all the way.”

It has not been entirely perilous drudgery. Two crew members got married while the Draken was in Greenland.

Draken Harald Hårfagre

Sarah and Peder (above) were married on May 26 by Captain Ahlander at a church in Hvalsey, Greenland, that dates back to 1408.

The Draken is expected in Chicago on July 27 for the Tall Ships Festival at Navy Pier.

Representing nine countries, the crew of 33 men and women were selected from more than 4,000 applicants from all over the world. They are split into two shifts, with half the crew working for four hours while the other half rests.

Draken Harald Hårfagre

(Above) Path of the Draken Harald Hårfagre so far.

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 13-Jun-16 5:50 AM

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