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Replica of a Viking Ship
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At the time of the fair, it was not widely known that a Viking named Leif Erikson actually discovered America in the year 1000 AD (almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus). The Norwegians wanted to prove that this was possible despite the simplicity of Viking ship design, so they built a Viking ship and sailed it from Norway to Chicago for the fair. The ship has a very small sail and a crew of 38 to row the boat across the Atlantic Ocean.

Bancroft, Hubert Howe. The Book of the Fair. Chicago: The Bancroft Company, 1893. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.

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