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    Welcome on board jacko!

    Thank you all for making so many good points and suggestions for her preservation and possible future engagement.

    I think I can safely say that I wish her to be in any kind of service as opposed to her current predicament. No matter where, as long as she is operating and being maintained. Back home to Norway would off course be my highest dream, but any other place would suffice.

    The sad thing is that all this attention about the ship, creates a lot of unwanted attention for her owners. A lot of people are trying to contact the owners to get permission to come on board, have a look, visit... and so on. They are not so happy about all this attention, and I think it might make it more difficult to the future to create a venture, or to push forward a sale to a new interested owner. They might end up being so annoyed by all the attention, that they hastily decide to rid themselves of the ship... they have said they won't scrap her before, but they could always change their mind quickly.

    If there are someone really interested in creating a business venture and seriously consider taking the responsibility for her (ownership), then, I'd love nothing else for them to succeed.
    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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      Hi Pakarang

      Appreciate the welcome and your comments! I very much agree with you that it would be a pity if the owners get to a point where they are frustrated by 'random' approaches, that it might back fire on the future of the ship.

      So far, getting information on her possible future is proving an elusive task and I don't want to make direct approach for the same reasons you outlined. I guess we will have to wait until the day possibly comes when the owners decide to put her up for sale. Can only hope that happens before she sinks as a consequence of continued neglect.

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        Right now, there is not much that can be done to save the King, other than wait and hope.

        Too many curious people wanting to see the ship could force the owners to possibly rid themselves for the ship. Or not. Nobody knows.

        I'd like to see her saved but I think the time is about to run out for her.
        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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          Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

          Since the old SAVE THE KONG OLAV - group on facebook was archived, a new one has been created:

          SAVING KONG OLAV.

          Sadly, it's all in Norwegian.
          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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            Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

            Originally posted by pakarang View Post
            Since the old SAVE THE KONG OLAV - group on facebook was archived, a new one has been created:

            SAVING KONG OLAV.

            Sadly, it's all in Norwegian.
            Reminder to all of you that wish to follow the Kong Olav and the stories from many of her crew, this page on facebook (unfortunately only available in Norwegian) is a place to "Like" and Share.
            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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              Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              Since the old SAVE THE KONG OLAV - group on facebook was archived, a new one has been created:

              SAVING KONG OLAV.

              Sadly, it's all in Norwegian.
              Reminder to all of you that wish to follow the Kong Olav and the stories from many of her crew, this page on facebook (unfortunately only available in Norwegian) is a place to "Like" and Share.
              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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                Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                A video of Kong Olav's final trip, extended version:

                http://www.nrk.no/video/siste_reis_f...ne/Hurtigrute/
                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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                  Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                  The new facebook group "Saving Kong Olav" is brimming with new posts and images from many crewmembers!

                  How about a fantastic model of Kong Olav: having ordered Sanct Svithun myself (see the Italian ships thread), I also consider ordering this one.

                  http://www.finn.no/finn/torget/tilsa...nkode=31002258

                  And the price is also extremely reasonable!
                  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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                    Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                    Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                    A video of Kong Olav's final trip, extended version:

                    http://www.nrk.no/video/siste_reis_f...ne/Hurtigrute/
                    Fantastic clip! Thanks for the link

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                      Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                      Interview with Captain Audun Dybedal of Kong Olav, in Norwegian, from Norwegian TV:

                      http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/n...dane/1.7901973
                      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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                        Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                        Just letting you all now that the "Saving Kong Olav" group on facebook now contains a wealth of information and photos from and about this ship!
                        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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                          Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                          Any chance of us seeing them here, J.O., for those of us not on FB?
                          Ivy

                          "To thine own self be true.......
                          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                            Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                            Originally posted by wherrygirl View Post
                            Any chance of us seeing them here, J.O., for those of us not on FB?
                            I wish, I have invited the members to post them here, but to no avail. I wouldn't want to "steal" the images over either.

                            Most of the members there appears to be former crew members of Kong Olav, or people with some kind of connection to the ship.
                            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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                              Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                              Shame. You'd think they would be only to happy to join us, wouldn't you? I wonder if any were crew members in 1990 when I had my trip on her.
                              Ivy

                              "To thine own self be true.......
                              Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                                Re: Kong Olav - A legend vessel still around even though on artificial life support.

                                This might have been mentioned once or twice before, but here is a recommendation to all of you.

                                In 1985 BBC made a thriller (think it was sent on Norwegian TV during Easter) called Malstrøm (English: Maelstroem). In the first episode, when Cathrine Durrel travels from London to Ålesund, she travels with SAS (Sterkoder: aviation alert!), and then boards the KONG OLAV in Bergen for the sea voyage to Ålesund. Lots of scenery from the ship, on board and from around the ship. Just for the views from Kong Olav, this thriller is worth seeing again!

                                I ordred my DVD from a Norwegian online retailer called www.cdon.com and it cost 199 NOK (including Rød Snø and another thriller in a box set) + 29 NOK in shipping and handling. Right now, they are temporarily sold out because this was also discussed on Saving Kong Olav on FB, which resulted in a mass order being placed over Christmas.

                                Made by BBC, 280 minutes long, category: thriller, made in 1985.

                                Well recommended for all Kong Olav afficianados!
                                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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