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In the wake of Leif the Lucky
The following appears in today's Lloyd's List. There is a photograph which I
am mailing to John Sinclair Quarterman as it would "bounce off" the list.
REPLICA viking longship the Islendingur set sail at the weekend on the first
leg of a voyage following the route of Liefur Eiriksson, or Leif the Lucky,
some 1,000 years ago.
The 73 ft longship was built and is captained by Gunnar Eggertsson, a direct
descendant of Eiriksson. She set sail at the weekend from Budardalur harbour
94 miles north of Reykjavik for the original Viking settlement in Greenland
and will then sail for Newfoundland in Canada where Viking settlements were
found in the 1960s proving that Norse sailors were the first Europeans to set
foot in North America. The Islendingur is expected to sail into New York in
October. Eggertsson is taking eight people with him on the journey, compared
with the 70 strong crew which would have manned the original longship. Two tame
ravens are also making the trip as it understood that Leif the Lucky had some
The crew plan to dress up in Viking costume when they arrive in ports, so hopefully
this will not lead to any misunderstandings.
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