Local Horses Aid in Viking Boat Launch

CUSTER — The local horses of Shagren’s Belgians recently helped to launch a replica Norwegian Viking ship built in Anacortes.

The Shagren family — in a fourth generation of raising draft horses — was asked to aid in the transport of the created boat on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Deception Pass State Park. Horses were traditionally the only way to haul Nordic vessels of centuries ago.

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