World's largest Viking ship docks in Philly for the week

You can see the Draken Harald Hårfagre through September 6th

Andrew Kramer
August 31, 2018 - 10:47 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - "This is the real deal."

That's how Draken Harald Hårfagre captain Björn Ahlander described the 115-foot long ship to KYW Newsradio moments after docking outside the Independence Seaport Museum.

He and his crew of 35 did their celebratory shot of whiskey as they do each time they anchor.

As for the Draken, the world's largest operating Viking ship won't be going anywhere through September 6th.

"People can come on board and take a guided tour of the ship," said Emanuel Persson, whose company owns the nealry 3,000 square foot vessel. "We're having our crew members standing by to give people an idea of what it's like to sail a ship like this."

It took three years to build the Draken. That was completed in 2012 in Norway. 

"We crossed the North Atlantic in 2016 and we've been in the U.S. since then," explained Persson.

Now in the midst of an East Coast tour, Philadelphia is the home base for a week.

"Apart from just seeing it, you will also smell the tar," added Persson. "It's a genuine ship, built by wood and silk and hemp, so it's all natural materials."

Captain Ahlander will be giving lectures while the ship is in town, discussing his many expeditions. A Draken documentary will also be shown and Draken Village is set up nearby.

Learn more about the Draken's Philadelphia stop here