Viking’s Christening Document

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The misnomer Raven likely arose from a red, silk banner that flew over the ship showing the Viking symbol of a black raven with its wings outstretched. But the ship’s original name was indeed Viking, and here we have her Christening document as proof!

Captain Magnus Andersen later admitted that another name had been considered. He wrote that “it was proposed to the committee in charge of the ship that we call it the Leif Erikson, but we finally decided not to, as we did not want Americans to think us demonstrating; the Norwegian is modest.”

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  1. Jan Thor Sloan

    As a Thor whose family originated in Chicago, I love this Norwegian honor- My other Chicago Kaiser Ancestors attended this fair and I have a few momentos. God, I wished I had asked about all of this in the family when I had the chance!

    Currently reading The Devil in White City gifted to me by my niece- The 1893 World’s Fair : a new obsession in my life I am also very interested in the affect the later discovery of Viking presence pre Columbus in America had, is having, and will have in our society…!

  2. Nancy Foote

    I remember visiting the Viking in Lincoln Park Zoo as a child, and the lofty wooden shed it was kept in. This was the ultimate in excitement no fanfare, just quiet and cobwebs. I swear you could smell the sea. I remember the dragon head the most. Thanks for making me into a lifelong voyager who’s been obsessed with the sea ever since. Thanks to the Norwegians and Scandinavians in Chicago and Geneva for your foresight and good will.

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