Chincoteague, Virginia: Big Viking (Gone)A fiberglass statue of a Viking, distant relative of the Muffler Men. Smashed by Superstorm Sandy in Oct. 2012; restored and re-erected Oct. 2013; taken down April 2015; reported gone August 2015.
- Hwy 175 onto Chincoteague Island, then turn south. After several blocks turn left onto Bunting Rd, then turn right onto Ridge Rd. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the Viking on his back, on the east side of Ridge Rd, just north of Pony Swim Lane.
- Taken down April 2015. Reported gone Aug. 2015.
Visitor Tips and News About Big Viking
On our visit to Chincoteague last week, we were told that the property where the Viking stood was sold, and the new owners didn't want it there any more.[Sally, 09/01/2015]
Big Viking Resurrected
The Viking is back![David Almasi, 11/30/2013]
Standing adjacent to a flea market, the old mascot of Capt. Mr. Bob Payne's Sea Treasures spent most of 2013 in pieces, but has been restored and painted.
Happy to report that the Viking appears to be on the road to recovery. Local fiberglass technicians from the boat repair yard and the Coast Guard station have him reassembled and ready to head out for a new coat of paint. Hopefully, he'll be back at his post in the near future.[Treetop Tom, 07/16/2013]
Sorry to report that the Chincoteague Viking is no longer standing in the field opposite Capt'n Mr. Bob's Sea Treasures. The Viking is partially dismantled and laying in a heap at the rear of the property. Not sure if it was knocked down by a storm or if it was simply taken down.[Treetop Tom, 05/24/2013]
Muffler Man - Viking
It's 2010 and the Viking is still a Viking. It's all "For the glory of Odin" and no "Avast ye landlubbers." He stands guard over the Kiwanis Flea Market field.
After entering town on Maddox Blvd., turn right on Chicken City Rd., which becomes Ridge Rd. It will be less than a mile down on your right. You can't miss it. Looks great at sunset.[Marc Bretzfelder, 07/01/2010]