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Draken Harald Hårfargre on Merseyside

Photographs © Peter Challis 2014

Draken Harald Hårfargre (DRAGON HARALD FAIRHAIR) the largest reconstruction of a Viking Longship arrived on the Mersey on July 17 bound for the Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club, West Float, Wallasey. The vessel was dismasted in a storm whilst travelling between Norway and Shetland. Whilst on Merseyside work was undertaken to replace the mast. Peter Challis has captured in some detail the work underway at the Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club berth at West Float, Birkenhead Docks.

The photographs below show work underway on July 21, 22 and 23 to replace the mast.
The photographs below were taken on July 28, 2014 showing the finishing work on the new mast and preparations for stepping.
Stepping the mast - the real vikings managed it without a heavy lift road crane!

The Captain, centre, stops to talk to two visitors from Chester, the lady speaking to him in fluent Norwegian and a Norwegian herself. Her son, right, born in the UK is a member of the Chester Vikings Group.

The accommodation
The navigation desk
Ship's compass
Above and below - fitting some electronic bits - July 31, 2014.
Trials underway in West Float - August 02, 2014
Draken Harald Hårfargre departed on August 04, 2014 on her journey home (below). She is seen here passing out of the Birkenhead Dock system.

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