Viking ship thrills crowd

Published November 5, 2017 / by Steve Berentson

Master boatbuilder Jay Smith of Fidalgo Island (top photo, bow) presided over the Saturday launch and christening of the Viking ship “S/V Polaris” at Bowman Bay. Smith, who built the boat for a client, apprenticed in Norway. He worked in the Faroe Islands and Denmark, and studied under master boatbuilder Nils O. Ulset. Also part of the traditional Nordic launch ceremony was a team of horses and cedar rollers. Dozens of people braved cold, sometimes wet weather to witness the event. Some volunteers even stepped forward to assist with the launch.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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