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    Sorry, I don't think this article in will google translate very well, but I post it here anyhow, especially for those who can read Nynorsk:
    Shortly explained, this is about restoration of he first Norwegian Seal Catcher built from steel, built in Scotland in 1948.

    This is a vessel I remember very well from my young days and have climbed the mast of many times. (No, I will NOT try that again when she returns)
    She has a long and interesting history with many ups and downs and I was not aware that she was still afloat.

    There are some info found on this link:

    Link to a video about showing many of the old sealers, set to music that may appeal to many:

    A video with picture of many of the old sealers:

    This one is not for the squeamish:

    PS> She has noting to do with the Polarstjerna (Polar Star) which is a museum ship in Tromso.


      Sorry, only Norwegian commentary, but the pictures speaks volumes about the way herring fisheries was conducted in the 1950's and up to the power block was introduced in the 1960's.
      This is from my growing up days of the 1950's:


        In the spot where Bankskoyta was build there is now another boat. This time under restoration.
        It is what in Aalesund used to be known as a "Klegg". Used for inshore and near coastal fishing, with a crew of one to three.
        Seen from across Brosundet:

        A closer look:

        Sleeping quarters were of the minimal kind:

        I hope this is "work in progress". It would be hard to see much from this wheelhouse:


          Borgundknarren was out a couple of days ago. Seen here returning to it's normal mooring place at Sunnmore Museum:

          A bit closer look at that mooring place:

          Even closer. View towards the stern:

          View towards the bow:

          Rigging details:


            A collection of other boats seen at Sunnmore Museum. First on land and under roof:

            Afloat and moored:

            Two boats under restoration:

            M20SJ is an earlier version of "Klegg", while August must be from somewhere a bith further north.


              Here is a veteran boat seen far out on Borgundfjorden a few days ago:

              Zoomed in and cropped:

              Not sure what this is, but it could be another boat belonging to the museum.


                Nicely restored/maintained old fishing boat paying a visit to thr Boat Festival in Aalesund, 15. July, 2017:


                  Another visitor to the Boat Festival was "Anna af Sand", buitl in Hardanger around 1850 (probably 1854):

                  Here is some details:

                  See her in her right element, in Lofoten:
                  Actually this type of boats were not used for fishing. They carried dried fish to Bergen, or salted fish to Kristansund and Aalesund.


                    This Dutch veteran showed up in Aalesund a couple of days ago:

                    There were even a crest painted on the superstructure:

                    The friendly owner told me she was build in 1952 for some inland water management organization as a representation boat, not for working.
                    We seams to have lost one of our Dutch experts, but maybe enough left to give us some background?


                    • janihudi
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                      only dutch though



                      Victor Jean Pierre de Blocq van Kuffeler (short Of Kuffeler, Rhenen, March 22, 1879-the Hague, 1 June 1963) was a Dutch marine engineering. In 1900 he graduated as a civil engineer at the Polytechnic School in Delft. That same year, he joined the Department of public works, where he held various positions.
                      His life's work was the implementation of the Zuiderzee works. By Kuffeler continued the work of Cornelis Lely in 1929 died. He was involved in the creation of all the parts. Just like Lely also made By Kuffeler the completion. He died in 1963, six years before Southern Flevoland droogviel. The planned polder Markerwaard is now finally from the job.

                      nothing more to find about her
                      she was more or less management craft

                    Great seeing that there are still some people which sees it as important to maintain and keep old ships.

                    Sailships such as the one above, ANNA AF SAND, is exceptionally important pieces of maritime history - thank heavens we still have people who wants to maintain and sail such vessels.
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                    • Sterkoder
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                      I belive it's easier to keep sailing vessels alive, as it must be easier to recruit among the young population to sail, learn about sailing and the positive and interesting life on a sailing boat can be.

                      More difficult then for old veteran motor boats, such as motor cutter HELAND (an old fishing boat and partisipant in the traffic to and from Shetland during WW2). Spoke to the guys aboard HELAND when they visited Kristiansund just now, and they were worried. No new membership in the friends of Heland group, no recruitment of young people. They saw life for the boat in the coming 12-15 years, then what?
                      The men (yes..., only men) in the preservation group all approached their 80th birthday. Just a few were in their 60s.

                      HELAND is a vessel under the Sunnmøre Museum umbrella, so I was tempted to say that they must remember to make themselves interesting to the youth population, but I would not sound rude.

                      Anyway, I'm happy to be of an age who got to experience these old boats live, and operating, to have been able to see beautiful lines and not the least hear the fantastic sound.

                    A veteran ship is returning home in style:
                    Read in revers order.

                    PS> It COULD have been Kong Olav (or Sognefjord) on board the Combi Dock III


                    • pakarang
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                      That was my dream too - but with the old KING I guess we started the work to save her a decade too late.... I have for along time been bothered by the fact that we should have started working on that around 2004-2005.... back then, she was still tended to by a bosun and security man, and she was still a "live" ship even though all her certificates had expired. She was at that time what I would consider "salvageable".... but by the end of 2006, she was left without any care or continous bosun on board. She quickly deteiorated as doors were left open (to circulate air), and leaks started everywhere.... so very sad!

                    Some pretty cool pics of ships of yesteryear....


                    • pakarang
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                      Nice collection - even one image with the SS FRANCE as the perfect backdrop!

                    Borgundknarren out for a spin on motor:

                    More of the boats from Sunnmore Museum getting a workout:


                      Veteran boat Solrenning seen in Aalesund recently:

                      This one has been seen here a few times, lates for the boat festival:

                      They must have liked it here because she lingered for a few days:

                      I know nothing about this one:

                      Traditional pleasure boat:


                        ARJA 02313993 sailing upstream at the river IJssel (The Netherlands.
                        Ex: LEOVILLE and BERDIA;
                        Owner: A.M. Broeken in Sliedrecht;
                        Build: 1951 by De Biesbosch BV (Yn 329) in Sliedrrecht;
                        Lxwxd: 73.50x8.16x2.81 963 ton;
                        Engine: 480 hp Enterprise.