Viking Ship Gets a Lift to a Protected Duluth Site

Author: Andrew Krueger [Duluth News Tribune]

A ship that once sailed across the Atlantic Ocean soared through the air in Duluth on Thursday, on a journey toward a brighter future.

The city’s Leif Erikson Viking ship was lifted by crane three times — first to extract it from its home along the Lakewalk onto one trailer, then onto a “highboy trailer” to get it over a bridge spanning the adjacent North Shore Scenic Railroad tracks, and then a third time onto a “lowboy” trailer for a journey to a warehouse at the former Lafarge Cement terminal on the city’s bayfront — a last-minute change from the initial destination, a city tool house in West Duluth.

The final trailer had to be low so the ship could slip under a skywalk on First Street at 10th Avenue East.

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