After some delays on the high seas due to high waves, the Draken came in to NYC on October 19. Tipped off by Tom, I went down for a late lunch to check it out.
I wasn't entirely sure what to look for, but I thought this reddish square thing in the distance was probably not a storage silo. Especially as it seemed (albeit quite slowly) to be moving.
It was fun to watch it draw nearer and pass in front of the Statue of Liberty.
|close-up of the red sail|
Then on Sunday, we had tickets to go on board for a short tour (it's not a very large boat).
A crew of approx. 30 runs everything, far fewer than in Viking times. There is no below-deck, but they have a tent set up for folks to sleep in bunk beds. (Apparently in shifts, since they always have a certain number on duty.)
|dragon-head prow from inside the boat|
|the planks overlap for flexibility; they're riveted with oil-soaked fabric between them for watertightness|
|Huginn or Muninn ... or possibly Roäc?|
The lines of the boat are quite lovely.