Saturday, July 14, 2007

"Ice-cream stick viking ship" set sail across Alantic for charity!

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A replica Viking ship made by Robert McDonald of the U.S. from 15 million recycled ice-cream sticks is launched for a test sail on the Markermeer in Lelystad July 13, 2007. The ship set sail across the Netherlands' IJsselmeer lake on Friday and its stuntman builder hopes to cross the Atlantic later.

"Pick up your ice-cream stick, send them to me and I will put them to use," McDonald, 48, said on radio, hoping to auction the ship later and donate the proceeds to charity.

McDonald, badly injured as a child in a gas explosion that killed the rest of his family, is still looking for donations to finance his Atlantic voyage, the proceeds of which will go to children in hospitals and in disaster zones. He has worked as a stuntman in 400 films.

He needs a crew daring enough to repeat the ancient Viking route to North America via Iceland and Greenland. Link




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