- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Norwegian ship described as the largest Viking vessel in the world has departed 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 upset the plans of the crew aboard the Draken. The Bay City Times reports (https://bit.ly/29UUN6i ) the ship left Bay City on Wednesday.

The Draken was in Bay City for the recent Tall Ship Celebration.

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

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





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

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