The problem with wooden boats in general and wooden boats of this
type of construction and age specifically is that they are not meant
to last forever. Unless superb maintenance is done, once the decay
starts it becomes almost impossible to stop short of a complete
The Constitution, built much heavier and a far more rot-resistant
species is almost completely new.
I think stabilization is about the best we could hope for at this
--- In Ayreton@yahoogroups.com, "Peter James" <peter@...> wrote:
> While I'm overjoyed to hear that the stabilisation grant has been
won, I have to agree with Halv that she never really stood any chance
of going to sea again.
> Annual trips to the Mid-west are now part of my regular event
planning, so I look forward to seeing the old girl again in the
> Pete -Guthroth Of Colanhomm
> "To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
> And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
> For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods,
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: list-regia-na-bounces+peter=citizen.co.uk@...
> > [mailto:list-regia-na-bounces+peter=citizen.co.uk@...] On
> > Behalf Of Folo Watkins
> > Sent: 15 November 2007 14:20
> > Subject: [Regia-NA] Raven/Viking Update
> > Ah, the wonders of the internet. Most of the details come
> > from Jørn Løset of Norway. I find it amusing that I had to
> > talk to someone from Norway to get the skinny on something in
> > Chicago...
> > Good Templar Park asked for $52,000 for preservation of the
> > ship, and Partners in Preservation granted them that amount.
> > Full details at
> > http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/news/649347,2_1_
> > AU14_HISTORIC_S1.article
> > This is enough for Level 1 preservation ("Preservation as it
> > is now, but stop it from further rotting, nails from rusting
> > etc."). Level
> > 2 was to restore "the ship to museum state, but not
> > seaworthy. Display it with full original equipment.make it
> > museum worthy." Level 3 was to restore "the ship back to full
> > seaworthyness, with full gear, rig, sail, oars etc. Involves
> > changing broken ribs and strakes, new rig etc."
> > Jørn notes that Captain Anderson published an account of the
> > voyage, etc., in a book published in Norway in 1895. It is
> > called _Vikingefærden_ and is in Norwegian' he doesn't know
> > of any reprints or translations. he saw a copy in a Norwegian
> > library and said it had many photographs.
> > The book has information on the journey to New Orleans. "The
> > Viking left Chicago around Nov.1st and sailed to St. Louis.
> > Date of arrival unknown.
> > 3 weeks later, ca Nov. 21, they left St. Louis and started
> > the Mississippi stage. They arrived New Orleans "2 days
> > before Christmas", Dec. 22.
> > 1893. After that, the ship was "transported" back to Chicago.
> > Maybe towed back by another ship, but this is not mentioned.
> > The end of story wasn't without a bitter taste for capt.
> > Anderson. The ship was promised fundings from the norwegian
> > goverment, ut they did not receive enough to cover the debt.
> > Andersons plan was either to donate the ship to the city of
> > Washington, or to sail it back to Norway. But in Chicago a
> > group of people raised funds to buy the ship to hand it over
> > to "The Field Columbian Museum" for further exhibition, so it
> > returned to Chicago."
> > Jørn 's page is
> > http://home.online.no/~joeolavl/viking/viking-kopi-
> > It starts out in Norwegian, then has an English translation.
> > It has several nice photos, including a stereo-opticon view!
> > Cheers, Folo