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    Dear friends and readers,

    The battle to save the former coastal steamer Kong Olav have for many years been over, and it's been a long and hard road. I have been blatantly called an IDIOT by some engineers on Lofoten, I have been called a lunatic but I have also been called way better things. I don't really care because for me, it was important to at least TRY to find someone that could possibly save the ship. Nobody else did anything, and most people only critizsed my efforts. I'm quite happy that today, at least I did what I could at the time, with the resources available.

    In many ways, my name will in google-searches always be connected to the former coastal steamer Kong Olav, for good and for bad.

    Maritime.no, a Norwegian maritime website has written an article for Christmas about the ship, and a follow up article with a video-interview with the ships Captain.

    The article on maritime.no had in just a fe days a total of 60.000 page openings: which is more than any other article on their website ever before!

    http://maritime.no/nyheter/her-innse...ke-kan-reddes/

    http://maritime.no/nyheter/en-stor-s...kke-er-reddet/
    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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    • Clipper
      Clipper commented
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      Good for you J-O. The world needs people like you.

      I like the words from the South Pacific song "Happy Talk".

      "You got to have a dream,
      If you don't have a dream,
      How you gonna have a dream come true?"

    • pakarang
      pakarang commented
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      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Clipper.

      I'm happy I at least tried. I know I will always be thinking back at this when time have passed, and be happy that I tried.

    I don't think there are any other ships in the history of Hurtigruten - EVER - that has had so much attention as the former Kong Olav.

    Over the past decade, there has been so much written and said about the ship - much of it has been totally belony. It has been concluded that the ship ended her days in Burma, in Thailand, and even in Vietnam, the ship has been scrapped, not scrapped, sunk, and what not. It seems like with this ship, absolutely everybody has an opinion they want to share, as well as "legit information" about everything that has something to do with the ship. Being one of the very few with the absolutely correct information, I can only sit back and read.

    Here is my evidence - as of last month: the ship HAS NOT YET BEEN SCRAPPED, she is still in THAILAND, and she has not SUNK.

    A few more images are being prepared exclusively for my bLOG later today or tomorrow.

    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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    • Seagull
      Seagull commented
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      So glad you posted this, and refuted so much 'fake news'. The ship still retains a certain proud majesty in spite of everything.

    Thank you very much.... never thought about it, but yes, you are right - so much "fake news" out there: based on assumptions and retold stories.
    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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      July 4, 2017:
      This picture is showing Kong Olav in the ice somewhere around Svalbard in the summer of 1981 or 82: Hurtigruten operated its popular Svalbard Express from 1968 to 1982 every forthnight in the summer. Photographer unknown. (Picture from Riksarkivets fotoweb, reposting of an old picture originally posted via Photobucket.)

      Hurtigruteskipet M/S Kong Olav by Sigmund Krøvel-Velle, on Flickr
      Regards; Sigve.
      ---
      IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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      • nari
        nari commented
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        A very elegant vessel indeed; I understand she is laid up and deteriorating somewhere? Could be wrong.

      • Seagull
        Seagull commented
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        See post #455 above, Nari.

      • Seagull
        Seagull commented
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        An outstanding image you've rescued there, Sigve.

      Some pieces to be saved, right or wrong - I don't know:
      https://www.skipsrevyen.no/redder-de...fra-kong-olav/

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        Originally posted by Tommi View Post
        Some pieces to be saved, right or wrong - I don't know:
        https://www.skipsrevyen.no/redder-de...fra-kong-olav/
        I saw this report too.... not out of disrespect to his intentions, but I don't think there is much more to save from the ship - especially original furnitures.

        Plates and cutlery with OVDS/ODS logo on should be OK, there was a LOT of it still in place a decade ago.

        I will be very curious to see what was eventually saved from the ship, some time in the future.
        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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        • janihudi
          janihudi commented
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          what is the exact location of her, i had lookt a few times on GE,but couldend find her.
          al they came up is 50km north of Ranong.

        Howdy there, Thijs....

        You can actually see her on Google Earth latest image now.

        Type in this exact location, and you'll find her: 10°19'10.05"N 98°46'8.65"E
        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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        • pakarang
          pakarang commented
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          My pleasure - glad you eventually found her.

        • Tommi
          Tommi commented
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          And the ship is also visible on google streetview (from the bridge)!

        • pakarang
          pakarang commented
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          Oh, yes, Tommi - I didn't even think for checking Google Streetview but upon doing so, you are so correct!

        Thailands Tidende (a privately run newspaper for Norwegian in Thailand) has recently created a video about the man which is making a remarkable effort in trying to save some of the interior pieces from Kong Olav, and putting them to use/ on display at a local bar in Chumpon, Thailand.

        Unfortunately, the video is in Norwegian, but if you have any questions, I'll try to translate anything as best as I can for you.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gyrBpLntuo

         
        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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          Incredible sad pictures of the ship!! It is so hard to beliebe that it was not possible to save her.
          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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          • pakarang
            pakarang commented
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            I agree.... very sad that she didn't get saved in time. I will forever regret that I didn't start the process back in 2007 when she was still tended to.

            Had I done something back then, she would have had a fair chance.

            I think I will forever regret that.

          • Ralf__
            Ralf__ commented
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            Don't blame yourself. I know you tried everything, what was possible for your at that time. It had to be a company with creative ideas and - more important - lots of money! Now it is over.

          It's sometimes more a task to find the right people for it,
          wich want to spend the money,then to find enthousiasts for maintain it.
          the longer it takes, the more diffeculties it will bring.
          the more money it takes.
          remember the ss Rotteram. From 6 million to 225 million.
          best regards Thijs

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            Yes, I agree.... it was worth the try, even though the success was not as I had hoped.

            I have to be happy to know that I at least tried when nobody else did.

            A great experience nonetheless.
            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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              I have made an update on CaptainsVoyage.com today regarding the Kong Olav... read/see it there.

              http://www.captainsvoyage.com/hurtig...-be-saved.html
              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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                Here are also some images exclusively to all you my dear CVF-family members: the images are not recent per say, they are from June 6th 2015 actually:

                2015_06_06 Thailand holiday-IMG_4930 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9569-2 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9582 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9593 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr
                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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                  Some more images from 2015: can't believe I haven't shared these yet. I'm terrible at this!

                  2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9567 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                  2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9574 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                  2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9569 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                  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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                    2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9602 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                    2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9628 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                    2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9631-v3 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                    2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9631-v2 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

                    2015_06_06-Ranong-HuaHin-IMG_9631-v1 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr
                    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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