Tour Geneva's 1893 Viking ship Oct. 21

  • A Viking ship replica, built for the 1893 Columbian Exposition World's Fair, will host public tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Good Templar Park in Geneva.

    A Viking ship replica, built for the 1893 Columbian Exposition World's Fair, will host public tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Good Templar Park in Geneva. Courtesy of Al Benson

 
Submitted by Al Benson
Updated 10/17/2017 10:58 PM

The Viking, a life-size replica Viking ship docked in Geneva, will host tours on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva. Guided and self-guided tour hours will be from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited.

Admission is $5 or $3 for teens. Parking is free. Thirty-minute guided tours begin every 30 minutes. The last guided tour is at 3:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Future visit days are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.

The vessel is about 78 feet long, 17 feet wide, and 6.5 feet high from the bottom of the keel to the gunwale. Its black oak planks are fastened together with thousands of iron rivets.

At sea, the Viking averaged 10 knots and the hull was designed to flex with the waves.

The boat is an exact copy of the Viking ship Gokstad, built about 850. A Gokstad replica, the Viking, was sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Bergen, Norway, to Chicago for the 1893 Columbian Exposition World's Fair.

After being exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Viking was displayed in West Chicago before being moved to its current location in 1996.

For more information, call (630) 753-9412, email viking1893@Gmail.com or visit vikingship.us.

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