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It is the sort of thought that sounds as in the event that it was envisioned up after a hard night in an Amsterdam espresso shop – building a copy Viking deliver from 15million ice cream sticks.

But, whatever the inspiration, the present day Great Deliver Candy set cruise for the to begin with time recently in the Dutch capital’s harbour.

The 15-metre ship, which took two a long time what’s more, two tons of stick to manufacture – not to say bounty of ice-cream eating – cruised for around 90 minutes.

Weighing in at 12 metric tons, the ‘Mjollnir’, named after the pound of the Norse god Thor, was paddled around the Stream Ij by a group of volunteers.

Before yesterday’s enormous launch, there were fears its to start with voyage would moreover be its last. The greatest stress was that the bottom might be as well light what’s more, the vessel would capsize.

The dispatch is the brainchild of previous Hollywood stuntman, Robert McDonald, who presently lives in the Netherlands. ‘Captain Rob’, whose Ocean Heart Establishment gives relaxation exercises for youngsters in hospitals, trusts to cruise his Viking deliver over the Atlantic next year.

“That’s still the extreme goal, to cruise over the Atlantic – Viking-style,” said the 45-year-old.

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