Vikings return to Wirral!

The Draken Harald Harfagre, the world’s largest reconstructed Viking longship, made a memorable visit to the Wirral in late July and early August 2014. It docked at the Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club, West Float, Wallasey, after a dramatic voyage from Norway which saw its mast snapped in two by high winds. The Norwegian crew worked hard to repair the damage after the ship’s arrival in Birkenhead, replacing the mast with a new one made from Scottish timber.

Our first batch of photos below were taken by Spanner on Monday August 4, when the ship left Wallasey’s West Float and entered the Mersey to begin its long journey home.The rest of Spanner’s photos were taken during the ship’s stay in Birkenhead, as it welcomed visitors, tested the new mast and trained the crew who’d be taking the ship back to Norway. 

Two of the hardworking Norwegian crew inspect the new mast

Two of the hardworking Norwegian crew inspect the new mast

And this helps to keep them going: Storr beer from Birkenhead's Peerless brewery

And this helps to keep them going: Storr beer from Birkenhead’s Peerless brewery