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 Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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 Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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.

The replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre passes Noank en route to Fishers Island sound after leaving Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
The replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre passes Noank en route to Fishers Island sound after leaving Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
A small flotilla follows the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre as it passes the Mystic River Railroad Bridge after departing Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
A small flotilla follows the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre as it passes the Mystic River Railroad Bridge after departing Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Crew on the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre lift the ship's rudder to avoid shallow water at the mouth of the Mystic River after departing Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Crew on the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre lift the ship's rudder to avoid shallow water at the mouth of the Mystic River after departing Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
A spectator on shore at the Mystic Museum of Art waterfront snaps photos as the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre passes after departing the Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
A spectator on shore at the Mystic Museum of Art waterfront snaps photos as the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre passes after departing the Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Guests at Mystic Seaport Museum watch from Chubb's Wharf as the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre departs for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Guests at Mystic Seaport Museum watch from Chubb's Wharf as the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre departs for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Crew on the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre raise the ship's lone sail as they take a training cruise in Fishers Island sound after departing Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Crew on the replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre raise the ship's lone sail as they take a training cruise in Fishers Island sound after departing Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
The replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre takes a training cruise in Fishers Island sound after departing Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
The replica Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre takes a training cruise in Fishers Island sound after departing Mystic Seaport Museum for the start of its East Coast Tour Monday, July 9, 2018. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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