Mystic – Anna Spring is naturally familiar with the replica of the great Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre, moored at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
She was a crew member of the Draken on her 2016 transatlantic voyage and tour of the Great Lakes ports. Now she is second on the Harvey Gamage schooner, operated by Sailing Ships Maine as a training sailboat, which stops at Mystic with a class of Proctor Academy students spending a semester at sea.
On Friday, Spring was showing off the Draken clinker-built Viking longship – a reconstruction of what the Norse sagas call a “great ship.” In April 2016, he left his home port, Haugesund in Norway, to undertake an expedition to America. The purpose of this expedition was to explore and relive one of the most legendary sea voyages: the first transatlantic crossing and the Viking discovery of the New World over 1,000 years ago.
The ship crossed the Atlantic, sailed through the Great Lakes and ventured through the Erie Canal and the Hudson River to New York City before coming to Mystic in October 2016 and has been on display and serviced since then. .