Abandoned "Skidbladner" to Find Permanent Home in Shetland Islands

The Skidbladner, a 26 meter replica of a Viking longship, abandoned after a failed attempt to sail to North America, will find a new home on Unst, the most nothernly of Scotland's Shetland Islands.

The Scandinavian built ship is a replica of a 9th century Gokstad longship and was the centerpiece of an attempt by Swedish and Norwegian sailors to follow the path of Eric the Red to America. When the mission failed, the ship was abandoned. Now plans have been made to include the ship as part of a Viking project on the island of Unst that will include the excavation of a number of Viking homes.