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The Viking longboat was the ultimate driving machine of it's time. It was the key to the Viking era, the technological edge that enabled the legendary Norsemen to terrorize half of Europe and explore the new world 500 years before Columbus. In this incredible program, travel to Anacortes, Washington, a stronghold of Scandinavian American heritage, where a team of experts puts together an exact replica of a 1,100 year old Viking longboat. Join the team as it painstakingly builds the vessel using rope made out of twigs and vine, forging it's own nails and tools from a local Blacksmith, and stitching together an authentic 10th century Viking sail. Get an insight into the legendary history of Viking adventure and conquest, and finally, watch as the vessel is given away and launched into the waves with it's proud (and surprised) new owner aboard. From finding the right pieces of wood to ensuring that the tools and techniques they used were authentic to the Vikings, host Nick Mystrom and his team of experts bring a magnificent piece of history to life in Viking Longboat.