World’s largest Viking ship sails into Erie

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The world’s largest viking ship made a brief stop in Erie on Tuesday.

The Draken Harald Harfagre, a Norwegian Viking long ship, sailed into Presque Isle Bay early Tuesday afternoon, docking at the Erie Maritime Museum.

The crew is making a quick 12-hour visit to refuel and refresh before finishing their journey to Connecticut for the winter.

Draken’s crew started its journey in Norway this spring and spent the summer months in the Great Lakes at tall ships festivals.

The Draken was built in 2012 in Norway and is made to resemble the ship that the first Europeans traveled to America on.

“It was a guy called Leif Erickson, he came in a ship like this several hundred years before Christopher Columbus,” Bjorn Ahlander, captain of the long ship, said.

“It is a Norwegian Viking long ship which is something that would’ve been around over 1,000 years ago,” Captain of the U.S. Brig Niagara William Sabatini said. “This is actually the longest and largest Viking ship in the world right now.” 

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