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Viking Voyage Home
The Dream
Before the Launch
  Cast and Crew
  · Lisa Lattes
  · Barclay Jackson
  · Hodding Carter
  · Terry Moore, Captain
  · Robert Stevens, Master Boatbuilder
  · John Abbott
  · Doug Cabot
  · Homer Williams
  · Dean Plager
  · John Gardner
  - Allison Hepler
Getting Ready
  · The Food
  · The Gear
Reports from Greenland
  The Game
On the Voyage

Before the Launch

Snorri hits the water...again

Photo credit: Robert A. Miller

Tote that barge, lift that that yard!

Did the original Vikings just jump in their knarr and sail off for the New World? No-o-o. They had to ready the ship. Check the rigging. Prepare heaps of food and lug it aboard. Sharpen their swords. Brush their teeth.

And that's pretty much what our modern Vikings are doing in the weeks before their intended departure on June 29. They're testing the new rudders and framing. Loading supplies and gear. Making sure all's shipshape.

Meanwhile, what do the women think?

Along with brief bios and personal reflections of each of the crew members (see the left-margin navigation) we've asked Lisa Lattes (Hodding Carter's wife), Barclay Jackson (Dean Plager's wife) and Allison Hepler, who's been with the project from the beginning, to share their perspectives on this endeavor.

Live updates, fun and games

Look for frequent reports from the crew on the ship, sailing conditions, weather and more. Don't miss the "Viking Games," held on June 17, designed to test the mettle of the crew (and interested Inuits). Join in the festivities of Greenland's national holiday, June 21. And check out the Viking computer game at left - you'll find it more challenging and more fun than last year.