Iconic Viking Ship on the Move

By KBJR News 1

Iconic Viking Ship on the Move

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth's iconic Leif Erickson Viking Ship will be on the move this week, but it won't be traveling on the water.

On Thursday, the company Viant Crane will donate its time and resources to move the ship from its present location at Leif Erickson Park to the city's park and recreation building near 40th Avenue West for repairs.

Eventually the ship will be exhibited in a permanent and more-visible public site.

Five employees and many of the company's cranes will be used to move the nine thousand pound plus ship to a semi-truck which will haul it to the repair shop.

Viant's volunteer efforts will save organizers an estimated $30,000.

During the move, a section of the Lakewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic as crews move the ship. Crews will start moving the ship around 6am and are expected to continue working well into morning, and possibly into the afternoon.

City officials say an alternate Lakewalk route has been set up along London Road and the Rose Garden.

Michelle Lee