A lot of small ferry boats served as the main means of transport to many islands and villages in the fjords back in them days. Here is a typical representative of those vessels:
M/B “Brattvåg” was delivered in the autumn of 1940 and pulled and ran regularly to the city until the mid-fifties. 180 hp Rubb (later Wichmann).
FACSIMILE FROM “SOGA ÅT L/L HILDRESTRANDI”
The “Brattvåg” was built at Brastads Båtbyggeri in Brattvåg for L/L Hildrestrandi. They previously had “Hildre”. “Brattvåg” was delivered in September 1940 for the route Brattvåg – Hildrestranda – Ålesund. It was 69.3 feet and had 180 hp Rubb (Wichmann). The boat costs NOK 35,950. In addition, there was an engine, oil tanks, hydraulic winch and electrics. The final sum was a total of NOK 73,800.
“Brattvåg” operated on a regular basis until 24 October 1944 when “Eira” was shot at by allied aircraft at Hestøya. “Brattvåg” was taken out of the service and sent to Vestnes. There it was extended ten feet. Right after the war, “Brattvåg” came back into service.
The Hildrestrand route with bus to Søvik and boat on to the city from there began in 1947. Then the passenger traffic for “Brattvåg” ended. After the Remmefjell Tunnel opened in 1954, the cars took over both the milk and other goods. This was the end both for Myrekaia and the “Brattvåg” was sold to Skjervøy in 1959 for NOK 110,000. After several years in scheduled traffic up north, the boat finally ended up in America. The last we know about it was that a lady used it as a mother ship for a diving club in the Caribbean,
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• 18.05.1977 .Solgt til Tania Walters Philadelphia,
• 1977 Sigmund og noen venner gikk båten til England til et verft , som skulle bygge om båten, i ca 3 måneder. Så seilte båten videre til Caribbean og skulle være dykkerbåt i varmen.
• Videre skjebne ukjent. men det er sagt at hun er observert på slipp i Philadelphia på 90 tallet.
Anybody here know any more about her Caribbean adventure?
The D/S Eira that was mentioned in the post above ( “Eira” was shot at by allied aircraft at Hestøya):
D/S “Eira” as it looked in 1936. On 24 October 1944, 16 people lost their lives in the allied attack at Hestøya in Haram.
16 killed in British air attack on local ferry
“Eira” had just left Kjerstad when the attack came - completely without warning. In German anti-aircraft fire and chaos, our allies peppered innocent civilian passengers.
As the eight Avengers from 846 squadron drop the mines, “Eira” arrives in the middle of the operation. The route boat left Lepsøya at 09.50 and was at Hestøya when the plane attacked.
Why the air force attacked the civilian liner is not clear from the available archive material. Not even after conversations and correspondence with veterans from 846 Squadron.
The episode joined a sad series of similar incidents where civilian scheduled traffic had to be avoided. Allied shelling of some twenty local boats and express boats accounted for most civilian lives lost in the Second World War, around 1,200 in total.
Erling Rønneberg, who ran the radio station on Torholmen, was so enraged by the attack on “Eira” that he threatened London with discontinuing all his resistance work.
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The Harlingen based museum tug HOLLAND participated in the World Harbour days 2023 held last weekend in the port of Rotterdam.
Photo: Cees Kloppenburg Maritime photo Maassluis ©
Another veteran tug, but this one ashore as a static display:
The 700 hp (1 Voith-Schneider-Propeller) tug STIER completed in 1954 by Jadewerft GmbH, Wilhelmshaven for Norddeutscher Lloyd A.G., the STIER was granted to the “Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven” in 1977 where she was placed in the entrance area on land. Photo : Daniel Ferro (c)
The Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) is a specialized marine propulsion system (MPS) manufactured by the Voith Group based on a cyclorotor design. It is highly maneuverable, being able to change the direction of its thrust almost instantaneously. It is widely used on tugs and ferries
80 years old Liberty ship SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN in dry dock at Vallejo, CA
Photo: Peter Ouborg ©
Classic Ferries Still in Service: MARKO POLO @ 51
The “Marko Polo” was originally built as “Peter Wessel” at the Ateliers & Chantiers du Havre shipyards at Le Havre for the account of A/S Larvik - Frederikshavn Ferjen and launched on 23rd October 1972. In March 1984, she was long-term chartered to Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V (S.M.Z.) for 2 years, operating between the Hook of Holland and Harwich, renamed “Zealand”. In November 1985, she was purchased by Stena Ab and handed over on 2nd April 1986, renamed “Stena Nordica”.
In November 1988, she was purchased Jadrolinija PO, Rijeka, and renamed “Marko Polo”. Apart from a short 4-month summer charter to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation (COMANAV), Morocco, in May to September 1994, she has continued in Jadrolinija services to this day. Currently, she is operating between Split and Ancona and, in 1½ months’ time, on 23rd October 2023, she will celebrate her 51st birthday.
On 24th October 2009 (notably, 1 day after her 37th birthday) “Marko Polo” ran aground on the Croatian island of Sit, sustaining considerable damage. Refloated, many thought should would be scrapped but, no, she was fully repaired and put back into service.
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M/S Prinsesse Ragnhild:
Ø The “Ji Mei” is a former ferry that I have long admired for her amazing lifespan and aesthetic beauty and charm. Unfortunately, I lost track of her a year or so ago and, during the course of researching for this article, sadly discovered her tragic end in 2022. This is my homage to her.
Ø The “Ji Mei” was originally built as the “Prinsesse Ragnhild” at the Kieler Howaldtswerke A.G. shipyards for the account of I/S Jahre Line and launched on 18th December 1965, being delivered to her new owners in June 1966. In 1980, renamed “Janina”, she was chartered for use as an accommodation ship during the construction of a hydroelectric power plant on the Altaelva (Altar River) in northern Norway. In 1981, Jahre Line sold the ship overseas, she was renamed “Amatista”, placed under the brass plaque Liberian registered ownership of Amatista Shipping Corporation, and briefly used as an accommodation ship in the Gulf of Mexico for the offshore oil industry. However, in the same year, 1981, she was purchased by the China Ocean Steamship Co. (COSCO), renamed “Jin Jang”, placed under the registered ownership of Xiamen Shipping Co. and placed into service as a ferry between Xiamen and Hong Kong.
Ø In 1983, she was renamed “Ji Mei” and, from 1998, utilised as a casino cruise ship operating out of Hong Kong, registered under the ownership of Xiamen Lutonh Shipping Co. In late-2019, she left Hong Kong and briefly ‘fell off the map’, only to reappear at Sihanoukville, Cambodia. I recall that there delays and difficulties obtaining a license from the local Cambodian authorities for her use as a casino ship and, for some time, she was anchored off the Ream National Park – after which I lost track of her.
Ø I am now very saddened to read that, on 10th April 2022, she sank while under tow from Sihanoukville to Indian shipbreakers at Alang. One way and another, she had an incredible lifespan of over 56 (FIFTYSIX) years.
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Spotlight on USACE’s hopper dredger Wheeler:
The WHEELER, which normally docks at the U.S Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District headquarter, is heading up the Mississippi River to conduct engine testing, such as pulling away from the dock and proceeding slightly up and down river for various engine loading scenarios.The Wheeler is a Large Class trailing suction hopper dredge whose main purpose is to remove shoaling from the bottom of navigation channels to maintain reliable channel depth for deep draft navigation. The dredger keeps waterway channels clear from Key West, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas. Although the dredge is maintained in a state of readiness for worldwide operations, it spends the majority of its time operating in the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River, dealing with shoaling problems that occur during high and low water. On a good operating day, the Wheeler can remove 100,000 cubic yards of material, or about 7,000 dump truck loads, from a project site.
Source: Dredging Today
A replica on a traditional India “stitched ship” from centuries ago will soon sail on the old trade routes in the Indian Ocean:
Once the ship is ready, the voyage with a seam of 13 Indian Navy crew from Odisha’s Cuttack will be sent to Bali in Indonesia, in November 2025. Officials say that the voyage will be a part of the initiative to revive and honour India’s old maritime...
Using this age-old technique, the wooden planks will be shaped using the traditional steaming method to conform to the shape of the hull. Each plank will then be stitched to another using cords/ ropes, sealed with a combination of coconut fiber, resin, and fish oil – akin to the ancient Indian shipbuilding practice.
The “Nordstjernen” on its way to Tromsø this afternoon after finishing the season in Svalbard:
She done hang about, although she has reached the age of 57:
“Nordstjernen” north of Tromsøysundet tonight with passengers bound for Lyngenfjorden:
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Former fishing trawler, “GULLBORG”. Built in 1946 at the Nyborg shipyard in Denmark. Now located at the Reykjavik Maritime Museum, Iceland.
Photo: Eileen Hayes (c)
The blue sea The Reykjavík Maritime Museum opened in June 2005, in the former building of the fish factory BÚR (Bæjarútgerðar Reykjavíkur) in Örfirisey, by Reykjavík Harbor. The museum is now part of the Reykjavík City Museum. The permanent...
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The former Norwegian gunboat «TYR» built 1887 lays now at Bredalsholmen Dokk og Fartøyvernsenter in Kristiansand, Norway. Wating for the decision, what will be done with her?Restored or scrapped? Had a life as gunboat, minelayer, heavy lift ship, car ferry as “Bjørn west”, transport ship and storage for fish farms. Picture taken Bredalsholmen Dokk og Fartøyvernsenter.
Photo: Torstein (c) see also
Bredalsholmen Dokk og Fartøyvernsenter
Tyr in 1940.
This is what Tyr looked like in 1940, when the dramatic battles took place. In 1947, Bergens Tidende quoted Rolf Scheen’s book “Norges sjøkrig,” in which Tyr was referred to as “Europe’s horror”.
PS> The other veteran ships seen at Bredalsholmen is:
The former Light house tender “Gamle Oksøy”:
And “D/S Hestmanden”: