Town sees tourist allure in film set's Viking
A town on Newfoundland's west coast is hoping a leftover movie prop
will help boost tourist traffic.
replica of a Viking ship was built for the film production Outlander. In
October, several scenes were shot near Lark Harbour,
in the Bay of Islands.
the vessel to the town after the shoot.
ship will need work: the mast and sail were burned as part of a scene depicting
a Viking funeral.
monster's head and tail that belong on the vessel's front and back are
currently in storage.
The town is
considering fixing up the ship and installing it at nearby Blow Me Down provincial park.
"We're thinking that would be a logical place to put it — it
would benefit both the park and the town if it were placed there," said
Mayor Paul Keetch.
Shepherd had never seen anything like the Viking ship.
"I think it
should be left here," she said. "It's a great tourist attraction for
the summertime, because we do get a lot of
tourists … I'm sure that will definitely be an attraction."
The replica is
currently tied down and sitting on massive blocks. The town is looking at ways
to protect it from snow and rain during the winter.
Outlander, a science-fiction thriller film now being shot in Nova Scotia, is about a
Viking community's encounter with an alien.
chose the Lark Harbour area for its mountainous
backdrop. The community is about 500 kilometres
south of L'Anse aux Meadows, where Norse explorers briefly settled around 1000