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    #16
    Another Collin Archer replica, but this one without the rigging and not in the same good shape:




    The next two along looks a bit like old pirate boats and have been shown "naked" eralier:




    An old fishing boat rigged up with sails:


    And of course the Heland, now without the winter cover:

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      #17
      Maintaining and operating these kinds of wooden veterans is no easy task. A former colleague of mine bought a "skøyte" a handful years ago, and eventually abandoned the whole remaining restoration process when he discovered rotting timber in the entire construction. He now has a steel veteran boat.

      I must also say that I truly admire people with time, passion and skills to restore and maintain ships like this: it's a closely nit family of enthusiasts for sure.
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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        #18
        Heland is getting ready for her trip to Shetland later this summer, where she will be picking up a Belgian film team who are making a documentary about the traffic between Norway and Shetland during WW II.
        They have already followed her on a trip from Norway to Shetland last year, now they are making the return trip.
        Here she is at Sunnmore Museum being prepared for the trip:

        Sailes have been rigged, just in case the old semi-diesel should fail.

        The decks have been given a fresh coat of Linseed Oil:


        The wheel house front has been varnished and the name letters shined:


        The Mizzen Sail is already hoisted.(It is used as a steadying sail during the crossing):


        I don't know which day she will be leaving, or where she will be heading first, but it will probably be somewhere south of here.(Floro, Bergen or around there)

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          #19
          Beautiful vessel - can't wait to see the film about this very well known chapter of the WW.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          • ombugge
            ombugge commented
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            Yes well know to many, but many appears to have forgotten, not know or not care that at that time it was Norwegians that was refugees, making precarious sea voyages and trecks across mountains to escape prosecution and violence in their home county. They were welcomed in Britain, Sweden and Russia.
            Heland carried many to safety on Shetland and returned with weapons, communication equipment and saboteurs. (Who was seen as terrorists by the Nazies)

          • nari
            nari commented
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            I have the book of the voyage which a friend of mine gave to me. The Shetland Bus - but haven't got around to reading it. yet.

          • ombugge
            ombugge commented
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            Found this picture on Flicker, with a brief history of Heland during WW II:*
            https://www.flickr.com/photos/larigan/4814258537

            This one from Shetland News is from the trip to Shetland last year, where the Heland was the first of the old "Shetland buses" to revisit the original base at Lunnan Voe:
            http://www.shetnews.co.uk/images/iga...00-1200-80.jpg
            A very special moment in history: the Shetland Bus vessel Heland at West Lunna Voe below Lunna House, on Monday night. The 64-ft restored former fishing boat hasn’t been back to Lunna since September 1942. She slipped into the sheltered voe early on Sunday morning under the cover of thick fog. After two days of hospitality between the Erwoods at Lunna House, neighbours and the 10-strong crew, the Heland left for Lerwick where she arrived on Tuesday lunchtime – Photo: Hans J Marter/ShetNews
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          #20

          I had been wondering why there were two cargo straps running under the bow:


          A few days ago I had a talk with the skipper on Heland and found out why there have been no news of the Heland heading to Shetland?
          They did, but hit a rock on the way south to Bergen. (Somewhere in Steinsundet).
          No major damages, but a part of the "Stråkjøl" had come loose. (This is a protective addition to the keel: https://www.diy-wood-boat.com/Worm_shoe.html)

          The trip was aborted and the Belgian film team got a ride with another boat from Shetland.

          Why, after years of safe navigation along the Norwegian coast in all kinds of weather and without even a radar, did they run aground?
          A modern electronic "chart machine' had been installed for this trip, which may have caused them to be less observant than before.

          They are planning to participating the veteran boat meet in Ulsteinvik from tomorrow: http://www.trebaatfestivalen.no/

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            #21
            That's a big OOPS, but as a seaman myself, ship happens when you least expect it (therefore, you must always be alert and ready).
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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