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    KNM HITRA

    I'm pretty sure we do not have a thread for this old Norwegian veteran war ship. She usually spends her time in the capitol of Norway, Oslo, but back in May this year she made the long trip up to Trondheim.

    She arrived in the evening of May 7th and docked right besides the Royal Garden Hotel in the Nidelva river. A handful of spectators also made it to the dock as she glided between the openings of the flower bridge. This was also the first time I have ever seen the flower-walking bridge being opened for traffic.




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  • #2
    Here she is seen passing through the opening in the "flower-bridge":


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    • #3
      Well in the river Nidelva:





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      • #4
        Docked!



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        • #5
          This vessel most surely deserves a thread.
          This is one of the Shetlandbuses used between Norway and Shetland in WW2, the other three being ULSTEIN, STJERNEN and BLINK.
          In 1982 a Sovjet submarine runs aground outside Karlskrona in Sweden. This will for several days be the place where all the worlds newsmedia turn their attention, and in doing so, they send pictures home to their editors.
          One picture sent from a journalist reporting from Karlskrona to his Norwegian newspaper got the attention from a handful Norwegian Navy historians, as in the background the remains of a wooden hull appear, as a wreck.
          For those historians the submarine was forgotten and this wreck now got their total devotion. After a while, it was clear that it was the remains of KNM HITRA.
          The rest is history as they say, and she serves as a sailing museum today, crewed by ordinary Norwegian Navy members
          I visited aboard here in Kristiansund a few years bac, and given time, I will post a couple of images from inside..., if you don't mind :-)
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          • ombugge
            ombugge commented
            Editing a comment
            There were three of these Sub Chasers used to ferry people, weapons and equipment from Shetland to Norway in the last years of the war.
            All were US built and and part of the lend/lease deal with USA. The other two were KNM Hessa and KNM Vigra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shetland_bus

            The Ulstein, Stjernen and Blink were all Norwegian Fishing Boats, as was several others used in the early days. The Helland you have seen at Sunnmore Museum was one of those.

        • #6
          I thought it was just a few years back in time, and got shocked when I saw the year of my visit on board was way back in 2005. That was the first year of my digital photography, and to cover up how bad a photographer I really was back then, I had to post this first one in b/w.

          KNM Hitra in Kristiansund 9 years ago


          Down below in the radio room


          Also in the radio room is the original flag from WW2. Wonder how many roundtrips this flag has across the North Sea?


          A few of the weapons used on display
          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          • #7
            A well maintained vessel


            Inside the bridge, or rather wheelhouse, from left we see the KNM Hitra Commander, then Nils Aukan (a police officer and diver who is a war history book all by himself), and to the right is a friend of mine who's above average interested in war time history.


            Then, finally, a picture I wondered for a while if I should post or not.
            This old man left the boat as I came on board and my friend shouted from inside: -"GET A PICTURE OF THAT MAN!". Of course it took a few seconds for me to understand who he ment, and when I did, he had walked too far to get his face...., but anyway....
            The link between this man and KNM Hitra is that he is one of the last surviveing Norwegian secret agents who were transported between Norway and Shetland during WW2.
            This is one man who was willing to give his life for us to be free and do wat we want today. It's in awe I post the picture...., and sadly I didn't get his name, nor do I know if he is still with us today.
            If you passed him on the street, you would never know that he gambled with his life for you.
            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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            • #8
              WAOW.... I didn't get the chance to visit on board, so I'm really pleased to learn more about her history and to see the images from inside her.

              I don't even think the local paper Adressa showed any interior shots of the vessel, nor did they capture her arrival, visit in town or her departure.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              • #9
                KNM Hitra has been open to public at least twice here in Kristiansund, in an Open Ship arrangement. The radio room was the only space down below open though..
                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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