1,000 Year Old Viking Ship to Sail Again.

The Havhingsten fra Glendalough, built by the Vikings in 1040, will set sail for the first time in over 900 years. The restored ship, recovered from the bottom of a Danish fjord, will cover 900 miles in 44 days powered only by its sails. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=070624041839.nats3k6m&show_article=1&cat=0 [Breitbart]

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According to the site, the oars are only used when absolutely necessary in ports or other close quarters, to ensure the ship doesn't run into other boats.
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It's a cool story, but to say a 1,000 year old ship is going to "sail again" is a huge stretch. According to the article, 45 years ago, they pulled up only 1/4 of just the basic hull. Something tells me only a very small fraction of that 1/4 hull is now in this "restored" boat. They don't mention it in the article, but I'm betting it is 99 44/100% new boat (built to the prior specs, as well as they could reckon from the small part they started with). There's probably a non-structural hunk of original wood sealed in epoxy and screwed to the rail so they can call it "partly original"

Straight talk from Sid.
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