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Last Saturday, she was returned to the wet element after a dry docking here in Bodo (she had two underwater damages repaired, some painting and sandblasting done). Already the same evening, there was a party held on board the ship in the wonderful evening night!
Thanks for giving Salten a new life here at our new forum. I knew you would find her when you came to Bodø, Jan-Olav. Even if she was serving and sailing in Hurtigruten several years, she is well known as a "Local Hero" in Bodø and Nordland.
For me who is born and raised in Kristiansand, "Gamle Salten" is mostly known as schoolship "Sjøkurs". Own by Sørlandets Sjøaspirantskole.
I want to post an image of her as "Sjøkurs". This image is from her old "home" in Tømmerstø, just east of Kristiansand in 1993.
The Hurtigrute "Ragnvald Jarl" (1956) has now taken "Saltens" place in this spesific harbour as new "Sjøkurs"
Two more photos taken on the 7th July, two days earlier than my others. Although it is difficult to be sure in the rather flat overcast evening light, it seems that apart from around the bow and the ship’s name, the previously white strip is lighter than the rest of the black hull; is that the “blue skirt “you mention? At the time I couldn’t decide whether this was the final colour or whether it had only got as far as having an initial undercoat of paint and would end up black, but I think I can still make out the two-tone effect on your photo in Bodø.
I absolutely agree in preferring the new look. She is a wonderful sight to see around Bodø, and it is great to see that she is being taken care of.
If you sail very near to another boat, you can shake hands with the Captain.
What a delightful photo Eilun. (Well, all your photos are, but I was thinking about that shaking hands one.) Was the other ship Sjøkurs - I was trying to relate the photos to those in Sjøkurs thread. And trying to work out where they moved the rowing boat to.
Such wonderful interior pictures – all that warm-wood-cosyness, and the homely touches like the check patterned cushion on the bridge!
And then the unforgettable image of “The Ship at the end of the Rainbow”. . .
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