Viking ship Dragon Harald Fairhair in Wirral

Ships 18 Jul 14

The largest Viking longship built in modern times arrived in Wirral yesterday. I’ve had a connection to Vikings ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Thingwall. As I’m sure you know *ahem* Thingwall comes from the phrase for Viking meeting place, þing vollr. As kids our headmaster once marched us from the school to the local church. He wore a plastic Viking helmet. So I grew up with a connection to it. A minor one for sure but it was there. Seeing this ship arrive on the Mersey and sail into the docks was a really lovely sight. The detail in the ship is breathtaking. They didn’t just make a long ship they really really made a long ship. It’s a working museum piece.

It was built in Haugesund, Norway using techniques that go back to Viking ages. It’s 115 feet long with a 2,800sq ft sail made of pure silk. It’s currently docked in Wallasey West Float for a couple of weeks and leaves on 3rd August. The mast is being repaired and I can’t wait to see it off with the full sail out. You can follow their updates on Facebook.

Dragon Harald Fairhair in Liverpool

Dragon Harald Fairhair in Liverpool

Dragon Harald Fairhair in Liverpool

Dragon Harald Fairhair in Liverpool

Dragon Harald Fairhair in Liverpool

Dragon Harald Fairhair in Liverpool

Dragon Harald Fairhair in Liverpool