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 (http://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 said 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, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city