A VIKING ship has dropped anchor on Lake Macquarie, sending ripples of surprise through the boating community.
But fear not - Viking brutes have not invaded and there's been no raping and pillaging.
The vessel is moored at Marks Point Marina, an oddity among modern-day yachts.
Its name is Rusich, which means "old wise Russian man".
Wangi Wangi sailor Kevin Henry is taking care of the vessel before it is shipped to Russia next month from Newcastle.
Mr Henry said twin Russian brothers built the vessel in 2005 and sailed it around the world.
In Darwin in 2012, they were questioned by authorities who wrongly suspected they were carrying asylum seekers.
The 14.9 metre vessel is a Viking cargo ship known as a knarr and built to "traditional 10th-century standards".
"When Vikings [went on] raids, they'd load their booty into a knarr," Mr Henry said.
Marks Point Marina's Melissa Sinclair said the vessel looked "spectacular".
"People have generally been asking 'what the hell is that?'," she said.
The twins sailed it almost 15,000 nautical miles despite limited sailing experience.
They sailed it to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Tasmania.
"A mate of mine knew them and asked if I wanted to help them sail it back from Tassie," Mr Henry said.
"I flew down and sailed it across Bass Strait."
It had since been sold to "a fella in Russia".
"The twins asked me if I'd mind looking after it until it's shipped to Russia," he said.
He said the Rusich was "a lovely sailing vessel" despite being "a bit like a cork on an ocean and having a noisy hull".
"In the middle of the paddock [Bass Strait], it sounded like two old women talking over a cup of tea," he said.
"It's a strange thing."
The twins are building another Viking ship - just over 30 metres long - which they plan to sail to Australia, Alaska and the Americas.
Mr Henry said the twins were adventurers.
"They don't have much fear," he said.
"They'd be hanging over the back of the boat with one hand, having a wee in the middle of Bass Strait without telling anyone.
"This was 18 hours before you'd see land again."