The Viking ship has completed its epic voyage!
The sea stallion began its remarkable journey from Roskilde,
July 1st and journeyed more than 1000 nautical miles using sail and
oar power. The 65 member crew set foot on Irish soil with the bells of
Christchurch Cathedral and other city churches ringing loudly in celebration
of their arrival. Thousands lined the sides of the Liffey to give today?s
Vikings a warm Irish welcome.
The Sea Stallion is an exact replica of a vessel built in Dublin
in 1042 which sailed to Denmark
with a crew of Dublin
based Vikings and which ended its days on the bottom of the Roskilde Fjord.
Her arrival in the Docklands marked the end of a 50 year project which
saw timber being dragged from the Fjord bed, pieced together and loving
restored to recreate this master warship.
The Sea Stallion was moored until Thursday at Custom House Quay along
side a specially constructed Viking village. Late Thursday evening in what was
a spectacular sight the 13 tonne ship was hoisted from the river and
transported to the NationalHistoryMuseum
where it will form the centrepiece of a spectacular Viking themed exhibition
running until June 2007.
For more information log onto www.museum.ie/naturalhistory/