Viking ship made of ice cream sticks in Amsterdam
A former Hollywood stunt man now living in the Netherlands launched his greatest project to date Tuesday: a 15-metre (45-foot) replica Viking ship made of millions of wooden ice cream sticks and more than a ton of glue.
Rob McDonald named the ship the “Mjollnir” after the hammer of the mythic Norse god of thunder, Thor. After the 12 metric ton boat was lifted into the water by crane, “Captain Rob,” as he is known, stood calmly on the stern as a team of volunteers rowed the apparently sturdy vessel around the IJ River behind the city’s central station.
“I have a dream to show children they can do anything,” McDonald said before the launch. “If they can dream it, they can do it.” He said he was confident the ship would float, but organizers had prepared an alternate press statement just in case something went wrong. The biggest fear was that the ship’s keel might be too light and it would capsize. But the launch went smoothly, and McDonald plans to apply for a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.
McDonald set the previous record in 2003 with a smaller version of a Viking ship built from 370,000 wooden ice cream sticks, which has been approved by the Guinness Book of World Records. ap