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Last Updated: Wednesday August 17 2005 10:56 GMT

Lollystick Viking boat sets sail

The Sea Heart Ship
A replica Viking longboat made out of 15 million ice cream sticks has set sail from Amsterdam harbour.

The ship was painstakingly glued together by ex-Hollywood stuntman Robert McDonald and two friends - a job that took them two years.

Kids all over the world collected the sticks, and McDonald hopes to claim the record for the biggest lollystick ship.

The boat carried 20 people on its first voyage, and there are now plans to sail it over the Atlantic ocean.

Mr McDonald launches the ship in Amsterdam
Mr McDonald launches the ship in Amsterdam

"It's a dream come true. It's truly worth all the hard work," Mr McDonald told reporters in the Netherlands.

"I never want to look at glue again. I don't think I will be in a hurry to look at ice cream sticks again."

The 45-year-old, from Jacksonville, Florida, is president of the Sea Heart Foundation, an organisation which runs projects for children in need.

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