The Viking ship exhibit will be open from 1:00-4:00 PM on:
April 16, May 21, June 25-26, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15
Also open from 10:00-5:00 on June 19. Additional fees to enter the Park apply on June 19.
Years of inadequate support had caused the Viking's structure to sag.
... stabilization of the ship was the top priority...
National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Midwest Office
Ongoing Stabilization Project
In the years since the initial stabilization done by Robert Fink of Renaissance Yachts and a team from Methods & Materials in 2008, the Viking ship has endured the heat of the summer months and the below-freezing temperatures of winter. The outdoor environment and inadequate support has been detrimental to the ship.
The 2008 StabilizationDuring two weeks in June 2008, Robert Fink of Renaissance Yachts and a team from Methods and Materials stabilized the Viking ship. A prior assessment had been made in November 2007. MORE...
Since being moved from Lincoln Park in 1994, the Viking had been inadequately supported and poorly protected from the weather. Viking sagged and twisted out of shape.
First, the shelter was extended eight feet and rigid walls were installed at each end to prevent the entry of bad weather.
Tools of every size and sort were brought to the site. Extra electrical amperage was provided to power saws and grinders.
After first placing protective foam between the newer wood and the old, the preservationists carefully positioned long boards inside the Viking, . Workmen gingerly walked along these boards while all work was being done.
First came the thorough vacuuming. Then came the placement of the supports, both inside and outside. Working in conjunction with the adjustable supports welded to the outside and the cables, with turnbuckles, on the inside, gradually Viking was brought back to her original shape.
We thank American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for making this stabilization project possible.
photos: P. & L. Straw