March 21st, 2004

Discovering a Viking village

Visitors to Bowman Bay yesterday stumbled onto a Viking village … or so it seemed, as Anacortes and Bellingham residents worked with a production crew from The Discovery Channel on a documentary about Viking boats. Included among those working on the documentary were Anacortes craftsmen Jay Smith (center in photo) and Paul Thorne. Smith has been filmed over the course of a few weeks as he built a 21-foot Viking Faering boat. Blacksmith Thorne forged tools used by Smith in the boat construction. Pictured here are Smith and a couple of friends, removing the boat’s mast and sail so they could row around the bay. Meanwhile, Thorne observed cast and crew as filming took place a few hundred yards away in a Viking camp populated by a group from Whatcom County. The documentary will be aired in September. See more photos in Activities section under Viking boat.

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About Photographer 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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