An Illustrated Viking Voyage: Retracing Leif Eriksson's Journey in an Authentic Viking Knarr

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Simon and Schuster, 2000 - History - 147 pages
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Featuring the breathtaking images of award-winning photographer Russell Kaye, An Illustrated Viking Voyage tells the tale of an awe-inspiring modern expedition. In 1997, journalist and history buff W. Hodding Carter, along with a ragtag band of amateur sailors, set out to retrace Leif Eriksson's journey to North America. They sailed a handmade ship modeled after a traditional Viking "knarr." It was the first voyage by Westerners to precisely follow the Vikings' route in nearly a thousand years. Beginning in a small boathouse in Maine, Carter's fifty-four-foot open-decked Viking boat, the Snorri, took shape from wooden planks and individually pounded iron rivets. Over the next year, the Snorri sailed from the ports and fjords of Greenland through the Arctic circle to a victorious landing at l'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. Through the extraordinary images of photographer Russell Kaye, and a colorful running text from Carter, the chronicle of this remarkable voyage is captured in rich detail. Experience the feat of building an authentic Viking vessel; the power of sublime Arctic landscapes; the beauty and treachery of icebergs; and the fishermen of local villages who offered advice and companionship despite language barriers. An unforgettable adventure as seen through a celebrated photographer's lens, An Illustrated Viking Voyage chronicles a once-in-a-millennium occurrence, one which fans of Viking lore and seafaring journeys will come back to time and again.

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In A Viking Voyage (LJ 4/15/00), Carter recounted the expedition he launched to re-create the Viking visit to North America 1000 years ago, sailing a reconstructed version of a Viking longboat. Here's a photographic record of the voyage. Read full review


Prefaces A Voyage in Time
A Sinking Ship
The New Vikings
Vinland Bound

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A native of Greenville, Mississippi, W. Hodding Carter has written for Outside and Esquire. In recent years, Carter has been obsessed with becoming a viking. The author of Westward Whoa!: In the Wake of Lewis and Clark and A Viking Voyage, he lives in Maine with his wife and three daughters.

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