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The longship of William the Conqueror is reborn in Normandy

You liked Hermione, then you will love Mora.

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The longship of William the Conqueror is reborn in Normandy

You liked Hermione, then you will love Mora. After the construction of the replica of the Fayette warship - for its second crossing to the United States in 1780 - it was the turn of William the Conqueror's admiral drakkar, the one which led the fleet to the conquest of the England, to emerge on the forefront.

Friday in Honfleur (Calvados) the “show site” is inaugurated, this is the terminology used, of a project which will last four years until the hull is launched. The visitor will be able to follow the construction of Guillaume's boat in real time, on the East Pier of the Honfleur port, with a whole scenography dedicated to Norman maritime history as a backdrop.

La Mora is scheduled to be launched in 2027, the millennium year of the birth of the Conqueror. It is again a Norman, the Bernard shipyard, based in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (Manche), which was selected to pilot the reconstruction of the longship. He had already worked on the caulking of the Hermione's deck.

The budget amounts to some 4.2 million euros, financed by the show site's ticket office. Knowing that upstream, 7.8 million were necessary to rehabilitate the industrial wasteland of the East Pier and to create the immersive scenography, an effort half assumed by the communities.

La Mora is a project with multiple dimensions: historical of course but also educational, cultural and economic, with the desire to attest to know-how on the part of specialized companies and anchoring in a territory keen to assert its potential.

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