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    Drove aboard the 6 AM ferry in Molde to visit Ålesund Tuesday to finally get to watch BRITANNIA with my own eyes after the disappoyntment in Åndalsnes last summer, when she diverted to Olden. Anyway, I did not get to take her pictures as she turned around outside Slinningsodden to go stern in to dock, as she was an hour early. Nontheless, she is an impressive ship, 330 meters long, 44 meters wide.

    I was not the only one out with a camera yesterday

    Hotel Brosundet (left) and the yellow Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggen in Ålesundet

    And as Ombugge wrote, the bankskøyta is finally afloat ( )



    • Tommi
      Tommi commented
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      Nice little ship, the Bankskøyta.

    • Sterkoder
      Sterkoder commented
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      She certainly is. Wait until the two masts and her sails are mounted ;-)

    There are competition for priority on the steps up to Fjellstua:
    With two large Cruise ship in town tomorrow I think the deer do best staying away from the steps.


    • yvneac
      yvneac commented
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      In this year of Norman commemorations (1066-2016) maybe this deer wanted to see Rollon statue.

    The Aalesund icon Slinningsbua is 100 years old this year. (Or there about. The actual month of completion is not entirely clear)
    ​It may be an eyesore to some as the visual condition is far from what it was in my young days, when it was a hive of activity near all year around.
    But few buildings in Aalesund are more immediately recognizable and probably more photographed.

    Here are some pictures taken today:

    She was standing there proudly when the MSC Splendida sailed past a few days ago:

    As she did when Costa Pacifica sailed today:


      Bankskoyta in Aalesund has been featured several places on CVF, but I will continue with posting here in the Aalesund thread.

      Here she is a few days ago:

      An unusual angle of view:


        The masts and rigging being prepared:

        Main mast:

        The "lifeboat":

        Here she is, with standing rig in place and motoring off to somewhere for completion:

        ​I don't know where, but intend to find out.


          I found her:

          ​She has got to Fiskerimuseet (The Fisheries Museum) where she will apparently be permanently moored. When not out sailing that is.


            What a nice place for a nice ship. This is perfect for back in time photography.
            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11


              The tighly held secret of the name for Bankskoyta has been revealed and sealed in Cod liver oil:

              For those who don't know what Storegga is, here is a link:

              The Storegga slide affected more than just the Norwegian coast:


                A replica of a traditional Nordlandsbaat (Aattring) visited Aalesund for crew change on her way from Stromstad in Sweden to Murmansk in Russia.
                The first leg, from Stromstad to Bergen was done last year. This year they hope to get as far as Bodo, or even beyond.
                Here she is in good company:

                Heading along Aspoyvaagen towards Steinvaagsundet:

                Seen again at the guest marine in the inner harbour:

                Next day they obviously want to make their opinion felt:


                  But there are more replicas of old style boats back in the water and ready to show off this summer.
                  Here is one. Borgundknarren:

                  Seen returning from a trip:

                  Heading back it it's regular place at Sunnmore Museum:


                    Another one heading in the same direction, but this time the real thing, not a replica:

                    Seen here in an earlier photo at it's normal place:


                      Here is a well known veteran, the M/V Helland as she looked earlier this year:

                      And from the same position a couple of weeks ago:

                      She has got the mast back on, but some of the rigging is still outstanding.

                      Most of the painting and oiling has been done though:

                      But the deck will have to wait for next year:

                      The crwe cabin was open, but I'm too old for that climb:


                        We cannot forget Brannsprotya:

                        She is still there showing off every time a first visitor to Aalesund is leaving:


                          But Aalesund has more than just old boats, real or replica.
                          Here is a statue outside the infamous "Raadhuset":

                          The plaque says; "Boge Berg - 1986 The power though (a) human being":

                          This statue has been in storage for a while, awaiting completion of the new buildings at Skansekaia:

                          The title is; "Hundevakta (The dog watch)" and is in honour of Norwegian seafarers.

                          This statue at Slinningsodden has been mostly forgotten and is deteriorating:


                          If nothing is done, this will be scrap metal very soon.
                          Klaus Nilsen got a street named up after him, why not move it there??
                          Last edited by ombugge; June 14th, 2016, 23:53.


                            Harald Grytten is a handy perch when you are waiting for someone to leave a meal at the outdoor restaurant near by:

                            Can't see what I'm talking about? Here is a closer look:

                            Aalesund have their fisherman's wife, looking out to the ocean, just like in Svolvaer:

                            As well as our own Louvre:

                            And our very own Ponte dei Sospiri ("Sukkene's Bro" as this is known locally):

                            Not to forget Pont des Arts. (Also known as "Hellebroa"):

                            Near Hellebro we also have the "forgotten corner":

                            Nobody ever appears to sit on these benches, although facing the sun and protected from the cold northerly wind.


                            • ombugge
                              ombugge commented
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                              We also have a bridge called Brooklynbroa, but I couldn't find any own pictures of that one. SMP to the rescue:

                            • yvneac
                              yvneac commented
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                              Aalesund: the whole world in only one city!
                              Thanks for this stroll Ombugge.