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Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre arrives in New York!

The Vikings were accomplished navigators, artisans, traders, and story tellers, but their greatest triumph was the ships they built. Join us on Tuesday, September 20th, as we celebrate the New York arrival of the world's largest recreation of a Viking ship, the Draken Harald Hårfagre. We'll begin our evening in the Library with traditional Norwegian gravlax and champagne, before moving to the Clark Room, where Captain Björn Ahlander and the curator of the project, Sigurd Aase, will speak about their voyage across the Atlantic, Viking history, and traditional boat building. The evening will finish after the lecture with champagne and dessert.

Named after Harald Hårfagre, the king who unified Norway, Sigurd Aase began the construction of Draken Harald Hårfagre in 2010. The "great dragon ship" came together in the town of Haugesund in Western Norway, Sigurd's homeland and the home-port of Draken Harald Hårfagre. This project recreates the journey of his ancestors to Vinland, the Viking name of the north western parts of North America. In 2012 Björn Ahlander was appointed Captain for the newly built Draken Harald Hårfagre and under his command, the ship has undergone test sails and sea trials in the North Sea to fully prepare the ship and its crew for crossing the Atlantic. On 26th April 2016, the Captain, with a crew of 32 people from 10 nationalities, set sail in the world's largest Viking ship reconstruction.

Draken Harald Hårfagre, sailed from Haugesund, Norway across the North Atlantic Ocean via the Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland to Newfoundland, into the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes, attempting to follow the wake of one of the most challenging viking expeditions – the Viking's discovery of the New World. "Expedition America 2016" has encountered storms, icebergs, unpredictable weather and many challenges along the route since their departure from Norway in April 2016, but the aim to explore as the Vikings did 1,000 years ago, sailing in an open 115 ft wooden Viking ship has been accomplished and the arrival in New York City is the grand finale of this expedition.

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm Champagne & Gravlax, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $45

Guest Ticket Price: $55

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