26 Feb

Here it is – a taste of Audrey’s blogging!

Minnesota Prairie Roots

I REMEMBER BEING ONE of the skeptics.

Build a ship in the middle of nowhere, haul it to Lake Superior in Duluth and then eventually sail across the Atlantic Ocean to Norway.

Who thinks that is possible?

Robert Asp.

Thirty years ago the Hjemkomst, a ship built by this Moorhead, Minnesota, junior high school counselor, with the help of family and friends, accomplished that 4,700-mile feat, proving the skeptics wrong.

By then, Asp had died, passing away in December 1980 at the age of 57 from leukemia. But his family pursued his dream, launching the ship on May 11, 1982, for the journey back to the Asp family Motherland on the Hjemkomst, which translates from Norwegian into English as “homecoming.”

Hearing the Hjemkomst story many years ago is one thing. Seeing Asp’s ship permanently docked in the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead is another. Only by viewing the ship and…

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4 Responses to “”

  1. Beth Ann February 26, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Wonderful post to reblog!!!!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 26, 2013 at 8:45 am #

      It’s the one that jumped to mind when I first thought about this idea. Such a great story.

  2. hotlyspiced February 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Amazing. I can’t imagine sailing all that way in such a small boat. It doesn’t look like it would be a comfortable journey, either xx

    • Gretchen O'Donnell February 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      I agree! Better him than me! I can barely swim so I’d be a gonner for sure.

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