Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Day 65 POTD Viking Ship

A Viking Ship! Or at least a replica of one. But the really cool thing about this ship is that it sailed from Duluth, MN to Oslo, Norway. It was modeled after the Gokstad burial ship from 800 AD. This ship, the Hjemkomst, was constructed in a potato warehouse in Hawley, MN. It took 8 years to build is 76 feet long, 17 feet wide, and weighs 16 tons. It took 100 oak trees to build! The man who built it, Mr. Asp, completed the ship in 1980, but died before he could sail it. Four of his children, as part of a crew of 12, sailed and ROWED it across the Atlantic in the summer of 1982! The last photo is the opposite side of the viking ship than what is portrayed in the 3rd photo. The huge log in the center of the mast is an extremely straight, gigantic 72 foot long, oak utility pole that was ordered from Oregon in order to to build to support the mast of the ship.

The ship is in a specially constructed building, the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, in Moorhead, MN, about 70 miles south of Grand Forks, ND.




This was shot in manual, custom white balance, RAW, using my 18-135 mm lens, ISO 400. I'll bet this would be a cool shot to take with a fish-eye lens. Then again, it just might make me dizzy!

24 comments:

cari said...

That is so cool! Your color and wb look good to me on here!
Cari

pakosta said...

very coOL!
tara

pat said...

What a cool exhibit! Lots of intersting details in this.

Shanna Jones said...

Wow...very cool!

Krystle said...

Wow what a bittersweet story. Awesome pics though, nothing bitter about them :D

Becky said...

Really cool perspectives! That background looks like a tent. Isn't it amazing how dedicated people can be to something long term like that?

twinsmom said...

That is so cool. Looks like a great place to visit.

April said...

that is really cool..i like the green vertical lines especially.

Amy said...

Angela, this is soooooo cool! Anika (she's 8) and I are studying the Vikings for her history right now, we actually just finished them yesterday. I showed her these and she said, "Oh, a Viking longship!" Did you know the Vikings buried some of their dead in ships with things they would need for their (believed) afterlife? It reminds me of the the Egyptians. Okay, I better stop now, I could go on and on as history is my favorite subject in our homeschooling. Awesome shots and I agree they'd be cool with a fisheye too.

Michelle said...

the angles on these are great. love the color and details that you got.

Margaret said...

I love the angles on these shots. It looks so majestic. I loved reading the story behind this. Wow!

Stacey said...

Great pictures. I love the angles. Fish lens would put an interesting take on it.

Mandy said...

Wow...that is a really cool story and bit of history. I really think you nailed the colors. Awesome!

Mom2Drew said...

That tent thing makes a fabulous background.

Val said...

Very cool!

Danielle said...

Wow very cool. TFS

Gypsy Girl said...

Great angles. What a cool ship.

Ginnie said...

That second shot is sooo cool! I love how that tent makes for an awesome background!

mom2three said...

Awesome pics!!

Scrapper88 said...

How cool! Love this ship and the details are great!

jewels said...

I learned something neat today! Thank you.

Your 2nd photo is SPECTACULAR!! The colors, lines, composition. I think that would win a contest! WOW

Cheers,
jewels

Becky said...

you always have such interesting posts! great job these pics are awesome!

Tori said...

that's really cool!

Amy said...

Amazing angles!