August 9, 2013 by Medievalists.net
Dragon Harald Fairhair: The construction of a Viking Dragon Ship
From Vikingkings.com: A ten-minute video on the construction of a Viking dragon ship, which began in 2010 and is the largest Viking ship ever built in modern times.
In March of 2010, construction began on what will be the largest Viking ship ever built in modern times. Named after Harald Fairhair, the king who unified Norway into one kingdom, the great dragon ship is coming together in the town of Haugesund in Western Norway.
The ship measures one hundred and fourteen feet of crafted oak, twenty-seven feet on the beam, displacing seventy tons, and has a thirty-two hundred square foot sail of pure silk.
The Dragon Harald Fairhair will have 25 pairs of oars. It is necessary to have at least two people on each oar to row the ship efficiently. That will give a crew of at least 100 persons, yet the craft should be able to be sailed by only twelve.
In June 2012, the Dragon Harald Fairhair was launched and tested for the first time. Here is the video:
This year the ship is undergoing more testing, and it is expected that its first voyage will occur in 2014. To learn more about this ship, please visit VikingKings.com or follow them on their Facebook group.