- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Norwegian ship described as the largest Viking vessel in the world is headed for Chicago after raising enough money to leave Michigan and continue at least part of a Great Lakes tour.

The unexpected cost of hiring a pilot while in U.S. waters has upset the plans of the crew aboard the Draken. But The Bay City Times (https://bit.ly/2as8LxA ) says the ship will leave Bay City for Chicago, probably Wednesday. The rest of the trip remains unsettled.

The U.S. Coast Guard said federal law requires a privately hired pilot on the foreign vessel. The cost is $400 an hour. The Draken had planned to go to Chicago, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota.

The Sons of Norway, a cultural group in Minneapolis, is raising money for the Draken.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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