Freya - what's in a name?
Freya. Yup, after a lot of
soul-searching and cider-drinking, we decided to name our boat after the
chief Norse goddess Freya. There's variations in spelling, like Freja,
but they all refer to the Vikings' goddess of Beauty and Love. Some
references have her as overseer of the Valkyries, in which role she conveys
one-half of those slain in battle to Valhalla. One of Freya's totem
animals is the fish, so happily there's also a nautical link. The last
bit of information that clinched our decision was that the day of the week,
Friday, is named after Freya. How does this help? Well, there's
an old sailors' superstition that it is bad luck to leave port on a Friday.
We figure that with Freya looking after us, we should be able to avoid
this little problem...
Freya in New Zealand, Bay of Islands
Below the waterline
We had a great naming party back on May 15th 2004, complete with rum and a call to Neptune to recognize our vessel Freya, that he might grant safe passsage to her and those who travel upon her.