Will the Dragon Harald Fairhair reach as far as New York City, which is one of the expedition ports? (Photo by: drakenexpeditionamerica.com)
On April 26, the largest Viking ship since the Viking Age set sail and left the town of Haugesund in Western Norway. The Dragon Harald Fairhair (Norwegian: Draken Harald Hårfagre) will follow the route of great Viking explorers, sail across the North Atlantic Ocean to North America where the longship will visit ports in Canada and the United States.
According to the expedition homepage,
“the aim is to explore and relive one of the most mythological sea voyages – the first transatlantic crossing, and the Viking discovery of the New World (…)”
The Dragon Harald Fairhair specifications are worthy of a “Norse dragon ship”: Measuring 35 meters (115 ft) in length with a beam of approximately 8 meters (26 ft 2in) and a displacement of about 95 metric tons, she can carry about one hundred Viking warriors.
The hull is made of oak, the mast of Douglas fir and the longship carries 260 square meters (2,800 sq ft) silk sail. And the top speed? At least 14 knots.
Ship specifications. (Photo by: drakenexpeditionamerica.com)
The excavated and well-preserved Gokstad ship, the Nordland Boat, Norse sagas, archeological findings and old Norwegian boatbuilding traditions have been sources of inspiration for the boat builders.
Text By: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews