Viking warship to begin homeward journey

A Viking warship will be hoisted out of the National Museum today in preparation of its journey back to Denmark.

A Viking warship will be hoisted out of the National Museum today in preparation of its journey back to Denmark.

The Sea Stallion will be lifted about 150ft out of Clarke Square, Collins Barracks, where it has been on show to the public for the last nine months.

The vessel sailed back into Dublin last August, almost 1,000 years after its original departure.

Weather permitting, it will be gently lowered into the main museum car park at 3pm in preparation for her return voyage to Denmark.

Then at 2am the replica vessel will be lifted over the Luas track to the quays where it will be carried on a low-loader to Dublin port.

The Sea Stallion will undergo repairs before it leaves Dublin at the end of June.

This ambitious project recreated the epic voyage made from Denmark to Ireland.

The reconstructed Viking ship sailed up to the banks of the River Liffey into the heart of the capital for the first time in a millennium.

The Sea Stallion was the lifted in to the grounds of the museum and went on public view for the winter months in conjunction with an exhibition, Viking Ireland, which gave an insight into daily life in Dublin from 800 to 1150.

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