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Last Updated: Sunday July 15 2007 15:10 GMT

Man makes lolly stick Viking ship

Thor the Viking ship

A man in the Netherlands has built a full-size Viking ship to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in, and it's made entirely out of old ice-cream sticks.

It's taken Robert McDonald four years to build the ship, called Thor, with the help of 5,000 school kids and five million of the recycled sticks.

Now he's looking for a crew to join him on board as he prepares to set sail to North America.

He said he wanted to build the ship to show kids that anything was possible.

Mr McDonald was in an accident when he was nine years old and told he would be disabled forever, but he said he was determined to show he could still achieve what he wanted to in life.

Lolly sticks being used to make the ship
More than five million lolly sticks have been used to make the ship

He said: "It's not what the doctor tells you, or the nurse tells you, it's what you tell yourself.

"I'm out to show that. I'm not disabled, look what I've done, look what we have done, look what the kids can do. It's not only a ship of ice-cream sticks, it's also the world's largest recycled object."

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