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February Seminar: Draken Harald Hårfagre

The Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre
Presentation with Captain Bjorn Ahlander

LOCATION: Hendrick Hudson Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY

Captain Bjorn Ahlander will discuss the construction and expedition of Draken Harald Harfågre, the largest Viking ship built in modern times. A researched and drew inspiration from the Norse sagas, archaeological remains of the original Viking ships Gokstad and Oseberg, and tapped into the wooden boatbuilding tradition of the region. Craftsmen used axes, adzes, and augers, among other traditional woodworking tools, to build the hull, an undertaking that incorporated more than 17,000 riveted iron fastenings. Her ornate dragon head was carved by instructors and students at a local folk art carving school. She was launched in 2012, and in 2016 made her first transatlantic voyage with port stops in Iceland, Greenland, the Great Lakes, Canada, New York City, and Mystic Seaport. Draken Harald Harfågre was greeted by appreciative crowds in North America.

Read about the Draken in the recent issue of Sea History (SH 157, Winter 2016–17)

Members of the general public are welcome to attend.

There is no charge to attend the seminars, but a $5 to $10 donation at the door is appreciated to support our efforts. If you would also like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, the cost is $25 prepaid, reservation required, with cash bar.  For more information and to reserve a space for the program and luncheon, please email or call 914 737-7878 x 0.

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