14 :: Leif Eriksson’s Ship (ca. 1000)

It is customary to refer to Scandinavian boats, especially Viking, as dreki, or drakkars. It seems, however, that King Alfred of England (849–899) is actually responsible for the reference to dragons. For his war against the Northmen, he built larger ships than theirs and named them “dragons.”


In May 1893, Norwegian Magnus Andersen tried to rally Chicago with a replica of a Viking ship discovered at Gokstad. He made it in 28 days, not without difficulty, but in so doing proving the extreme adaptability of this type of boat.


In representing, in his own way, Leif Eriksson’s ship, Lecouvie pays an emotional tribute to the pioneers.