The Draken Harald Hårfagre sets sail
The replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre passes the Mystic River Drawbridge after leaving Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour on Monday, July 9, 2018. The Draken is a clinker-built Viking longship, a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a "Great Ship."
In April of 2016, Draken left her home port Haugesund in Norway to begin an expedition to sail to America. The aim of the expedition was to explore and relive one of the most mythological sea voyages - the first transatlantic crossing and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than 1,000 years ago. The ship crossed the Atlantic, sailed throughout the Great Lakes, and ventured through the Erie Canal and Hudson River to New York City before coming to Mystic in October and spending the next year and a half on display and undergoing maintenance at the seaport.
Draken is bound for ports from Maine to Virginia this summer before returning again to Mystic.
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