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Viking ship likely to get new home in Duluth

DULUTH — Duluth’s replica Viking ship could finally have a suitable home by the end of this year.

A site for the 42-foot vessel to go on permanent sheltered display will likely be secured Monday, when the Duluth City Council will take up a resolution authorizing the city to lease a parcel of land from the Minnesota Department of Transportation at an annual cost of $100.

Preservationists already have raised about $100,000 to build a glassed-in pavilion on the site, but Neill Atkins, who has spearheaded the effort, said it will likely take another $50,000 to see the project through to completion.

If all goes smoothly, the pavilion should be completed this year. It is currently being stored and repaired.   

The replica ship made history when it sailed in 1926 from Norway to Boston to show how Vikings likely became the first Europeans to visit North America. The ship sailed on to Duluth, where local businessmen bought it and donated it to the city. It was displayed at Leif Erikson Park but fell into disrepair.

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