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  • ex-USS PCE833, ex-HMS Kilham, ex-Sognefjord, ex-Orion, ex-Orion II, ex-Corona, Orient Explorer /+ sisters

    Here is a few pics of an old ferry which many will know and have travelled on, especially those from around Sognefjorden.
    If I remember right she was originally built as a Mine Layer for the US Navy and given to Norway after the war. Converted to ferry and put into the Bergen-Sogn route for many years.

    I noticed her sitting at anchor in the bay outside Kuah, Langkawi during a visit there in 2004. Too far away to be sure but, when she went alongside at American Boats I jumped in my car to confirm that I was right.







    She was doing Dive Cruises out of Langkawi at that time. I don't know if she is still around, but the Dutch Owner was very proud of his ship and her origin.
    Last edited by ombugge; May 10th, 2009, 05:14. Reason: Re-instating moved pics

  • pakarang
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    Thank you for your wonderful, touching story, and for telling us about your connection. It feels really good when hearing that you have now received a lot of the memorabilia.

    During life, as close family passes on, all we have is memories and all those special things that we connect them with.

    When it comes to the sinking of the HMS Hood, I have seen a few documentaries and they have all been fascinating: I don't think anyone today are able to understand the tragedy fully, nor the heroic sacrifices they made. They set out to sink the Bismarck - and the importance of them succeeding was imperative to the continued war.

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  • Paul Cobb
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    It would be so good to see HMS Kilham (as was) also returned there. So glad to hear that, although listed as Dead, she is in fact still very much alive. Unfortunately, my father, Smokey Stover, one of her crew '43-'45, passed away 4 years ago, but the ship is so much a link to him for myself and my brother.

    His cousin, Billy Cobb, was a couple of years older and served on HMS Hood, going down with the ship when she was sunk by the Bismarck. Losing Bill was the inspiration for our own father joining the navy when it was his turn to enter one of the Services, as well as wanting to have the navy also represented within his family. Only a few weeks ago I met somebody who was related in a convoluted fashion to our family, and in particular to Bill's brother. She had inherited Bill's wartime memorabilia, including photos of himself, the ship, booklets, a Christmas card sent home from the ship, notification of his presumed death, and his service medals. No maritime museum was interested in accepting them, but I feel honoured to have now had them passed to me as a more direct family member than the previous person.

    It seemed particularly poignant as this occurred just before Remembrance Sunday. Late summer we called into The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffs, while passing. A tremendous place to visit if anyone gets the chance. They have a simple memorial to The Hood there.

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  • pakarang
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    The final shots as she sailed away and with that, I hope she will return to Trondheim some time really, really soon (not drone images):

    2018_08_24 EOS5D-Sunnhordaland-IMG_6717 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

    2018_08_24 EOS5D-Sunnhordaland-IMG_6718 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

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  • pakarang
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    Hoping you liked the previous pictures, here are some additional shots taken at Trondheim that same day:

    2018_08_24 EOS5D-Sunnhordaland-IMG_6706 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

    2018_08_24 EOS5D-Sunnhordaland-IMG_6709 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

    2018_08_24 EOS5D-Sunnhordaland-IMG_6710 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

    2018_08_24 EOS5D-Sunnhordaland-IMG_6716 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

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  • pakarang
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    The sister-ship of ORIENT EXPLORER - now, go bring her sister home too!

    Images taken by drone on August 24th 2018, at Ila, Trondheim, Norway.

    2018_08_24 MAVIC-Sunnhordaland-DJI_0590 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

    2018_08_24 MAVIC-Sunnhordaland-DJI_0588 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

    2018_08_24 MAVIC-Sunnhordaland-DJI_0586 by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

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  • ombugge
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    She is alive and still at the same spot off KK. Here a video dated today:
    https://www.facebook.com/kjellottar....5036694355015/

  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    I noticed a few days ago, that on marintraffic she was listed as "DEAD". I'm therefore very happy to see her still listed for sale.

    248.900 USD / 2,1 million NOK ain't that big of a sum for many.

    She would be an amazing asset in companionship with her sister which is already back home in Norway.

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    Sognefjord hasn't made it back to Norway (YET???) but one of her sisters have:
    https://www.skipsrevyen.no/article/u...-sunnhordland/
    DIdn't notice this previous post, but it was an interesting video to watch!

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  • ombugge
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    She is still in KK and still for sale: https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/194.../#.W23SkuiHLIV

    A video from 2015: https://www.facebook.com/kjellottar..../?notif_t=like

    Both from this facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2156.../?notif_t=like


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  • ombugge
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    Sognefjord hasn't made it back to Norway (YET???) but one of her sisters have:
    https://www.skipsrevyen.no/article/u...-sunnhordland/

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  • pakarang
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    Absolutely awesome images of the Sunnhordland, Tom!

    I especially loved the blue-hour bridge shot. It reminds me of those picture perfect shots of yacht-bridges seen in high quality magazines.

    Pretty amazing to see the ship being restored like this and in active duty.

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  • Tommi
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    Nice looking ride, and great pictures too!

  • Tom McNikon
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    On February 23, 2017 the Sunnhordland (PCE 830) came back to Bergen again for the first time after they got her back and she has been very active since


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr

    The engineer told me this piece is original since 1943


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr

    The active engine room


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr

    This is the second engine room that is now just an open space

    Sunnhordland by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


    Sunnhordland
    by Tom Gulbrandsen, on Flickr


    Here is the rest in my flickr album, both interior and exterior

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommcn...57679793540540

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  • pakarang
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    Very nice!

    From what I can see, the engine room is really clean and looks very well maintained!

    What a beautiful gem this vessel is - certainly not many like her these days! I can clearly imagine her sailing on exclusive cruises somewhere. Great to see that, till this day, she still carries her former Norwegian company flag on the prow of the bow.

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