The Viking's Legacy Ship has been completed for a couple months now. I promised a while back to write a little something when the whole project was done, so it seemed a trip down to the location was in order to document the finished structure before it's all covered under a few inches of snow.
I'm not sure when or why it happened, but one day it occurred to me that the ship and the bricks reminded me a whole lot of The Police song "Message In A Bottle". Let me explain...
First of all it is a ship, and ships need water to sail. It seems fair to say that a "Message In A Bottle" could be loosely equated with an "SOS", or at least one way of delivering an SOS, which also involves water and messages traveling through water. Therefore, I am going to postulate that the Legacy bricks are essentially the "water" that the Viking's ship is sailing on, so the whole analogy makes pretty good sense, if you think about it. Let's do a little substitute on the words and see how it all comes together...
"Message in a Bottle"
As Sting said, "a hundred billion (bricks) are washed upon the shore". That might be a bit of an exaggeration here, as there are only about 14,400 bricks. Even though there aren't a million, it still means if you don't know where "your" brick is, it could take awhile to find it.
Hence, the landmark bricks. What are the landmark bricks? Those are the largest bricks in the lot and they commemorate an important milestone in Viking's history. For example...
So, if you know the landmark brick that your brick is by, it helps to find it quicker.
There is another legend in the works to the Legacy Ship. Some people are referring to it as The Love Boat. Why? An incident that I know nothing about and won't repeat here, but if you want to read about it, here is a link:
I also read that there is an alleged marriage proposal amongst the bricks.
I suspect there are a few if not many more "messages" in the bricks. Perhaps tributes, memorials, legacies, love notes or proposals. There is certainly a story behind every brick there.
Until next time, and I do hope it's not so long, I hope you are enjoying the change in seasons and thanks for stopping by.
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