World’s largest Viking ship still in MI due to unexpected costs

Viking longboat Bay City Tall Ship celebration
The Draken Harald Hårfagre, an 111-foot long Viking longboat which sails under the Norwegian flag, makes its way up the Detroit River on its way to Bay City for the 2016 Bay City Tall Ship Celebration, Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Detroit. (Tanya Moutzalias/MLive.com Detroit via AP)

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Norwegian ship described as the largest Viking vessel in the world remains docked in Bay City after a four-day festival.

The Bay City Times says the ship, known as the Draken, had planned to sail the Great Lakes after the festival, which ended Sunday. But the unexpected cost of hiring a pilot has put that plan in jeopardy.

The U.S. Coast Guard said federal law requires a privately hired pilot on the foreign vessel. The cost is $400 an hour. The Draken had planned to go to Chicago, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, but can’t afford it.

Shirley Roberts, executive director of BaySail in Bay City, didn’t know if the Draken would be offering deck tours. Another ship, the El Galeon, is offering tours.

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Information from: The Bay City Times

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