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    Originally posted by Harald View Post
    Sure, I shall prepare a short summary in a few days. In the meantime, some pictures from this trip may be seen here:

    http://picasaweb.google.no/jimknopf2...tjernenHarald#
    Thanks for sharing your cruise memory! Lots of really interesting and beautiful images there...

    In picture number 87, you can really clearly see the BDS rings on her funnel...

    In picture 241, what is that thing stuck in her anchor... a torpedo?
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      In picture 241, what is that thing stuck in her anchor... a torpedo?
      An old car tire again...
      This is certainly not the first time this old lady carry something on her anchor.
      "Lofoten" is the other thing-in-anchor-carrying vessel in the fleet.
      Could it be as simple as these are the only two using their anchors for manoeuvre several times up and down the coast...?

      That said; Great pictures from Trondheim!!
      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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        Originally posted by pakarang View Post
        In picture 241, what is that thing stuck in her anchor... a torpedo?
        Hehe. No, a big stone! It was very difficult to get rid of. In Trondheim (southbound), just after leaving the port, we made an addtional anchoring manoeuvre just to try to get rid of it, but no success. I then suggested to use dynamite.

        On arrival Bergen I actually forgot to look, but assume it was still there. Probably they had to use pneumatic hammers!

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          It's almost as if the old generation HRG ships are the bottom dredgers of the Norwegian Coast....

          They should charge the ports they visit for their seabed cleaning...
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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            Originally posted by pakarang View Post
            ....They should charge the ports they visit for their seabed cleaning...
            Amazing they haven’t thought of that one!
            Anyway, it is certainly pleasing to see some Hurtigruten repeat passengers –and that’s just the ones I recognise have been on the explorer cruises because they are wearing the various generations of anoraks.

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              Harald, as you will have realised, I have just been looking at your marvellous photos of your voyage. Is that the engine room of NX you got to see?? (Insert “envy” icon here!). And so pleased you got to visit NN –lovely to see her back in Norway.
              Well, I for sure just had a wonderful few days holiday in Rome, but I know which places my soul really belongs. See, you just got me really broody for planning my next Norway trip!

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                Originally posted by Seagull View Post
                Is that the engine room of NX you got to see?? (Insert “envy” icon here!).
                Yes, that's the NX engine room! Plenty of space there now, as the original main engine and the auxiliaries have been replaced!

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                  Short resume of voyage Bergen – Kirkenes – Bergen 05 – 16 April 2010

                  I promised Seagull to write a report from this trip. Previously I had enclosed some photographs. The first pictures are taken from the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo, then there is one from the Bergensbanen, and the following pictures from the MS “NORDSTJERNEN” are in chronological order. There are also some pictures taken onboard the MS “NORDNORGE” while at Roervik.

                  MS “NORDSTJERNEN” has a special meaning for me, because 40 years ago I worked for about 2 – 3 months as a motorman on the old MS “POLARLYS”, which was almost an identical sistership of the “NORDSTJERNEN”. They had been built for the same owner, but at two different shipyards. The “POLARLYS” was also 4 years older. Now, of course, the interior of the “NORDSTJERNEN” had been refurbished, a new main engine, new auxiliary engines, new deck-crane etc., etc. had been installed, but still much of the vessel remains the same as before.

                  From Bergen we were about 60 passengers from various countries. I was the only Norwegian that was booked for the whole roundtrip, but there were several Norwegians who travelled various shorter or longer distances. The other passengers were from Germany, Holland, France, United Kingdom, United States, France and Sweden.

                  The weather on this trip was, I think, “normal” for the season. We had really magnificent weather between Harstad and Skjervoey northbound, and also quite good weather between Vadsoe – Kirkenes - Vardoe, otherwise the sky was cloudy with very little sunshine. We also experienced some fog and rain on the passage, especially Harstad – Stamsund southbound, and some rough seas when passing Stad (in both directions) and off Baatsfjord (southbound). We saw neither the midnight sun nor the northern lights!

                  One of the Norwegian passengers told me one day that before the vessel was re-engined, she could (with the original main engine) make a maximum speed of 22 knots!
                  “That is complete nonsense, who told you that?” I said.
                  “It was the mate who speaks Broennoeysund-dialect!”
                  Well, I was none the wiser. I am not from Northern Norway, and cannot distinguish the various dialects there that accurately! The mate must have mixed up the MS “NORDSTJERNEN” with the TS “LEDA”, also owned by Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab. When I was about 12 years old, my mother and I sailed with this most beautiful ship from Newcastle to Bergen!
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TS_Leda-crop.jpg

                  There were various superficial defects in the deck area of this vessel. Railings and scuppers were corroded, and the beautiful wooden decks and the wooden toprail had been neglected for a looong time. Especially on a passenger vessel these items should have been dealt with. It was quite illustrative to see how much better the MS “LOFOTEN” had been maintained in this regard. In the engine-room, however, everything seemed to have been taken very good care of…… The engine room was “ship shape”! They had also plenty of space here, as the original slow-speed B & W main engine had been replaced by a MaK medium-speed engine, and the 3 new auxiliary engines were so compact that I almost had to put my glasses on the see them! Haha.

                  In Trondheim (on 15th April) we heard the news that most airports in Norway would be closed (thanks to our friends on Iceland!), and from Kristiansund, Molde and Aalesund hundreds of passengers boarded the vessel! These were, of course mainly people, who had been booked to fly to Bergen. There were not many passenger cabins available, as various refurbishments were done to all “C”-cabins and some of the “A”-cabins (new carpets etc.), so most of these newly arrived passengers had to sleep in the salons. As expected, the bar this evening was quite full, but I had, of course, my ususal seat…..

                  The next morning the pursers were working desperately to try to obtain new bookings for the passengers who were affected by the airport closures, but, of course, they could do very little except book hotel rooms in Bergen (which they managed). Fortunately I already had a reservation on the night-train to Oslo, so my problems only started when I was back in Oslo. Well, it took one week before I could travel home to Bangkok (but that was not the fault of the Hurtigruten!).

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                    Thank you for your report. It must be interesting to travel with this ship 40 years after you worked on her sistership.

                    In another thread, we have discussed the seaworthiness of Andrea/Harald Jarl (and her class, including Lofoten). We have learnt that they were great "rollers", listing up to 40 degrees in rough seas.

                    What about Nordstjernen in this respect? Is she a great roller, too?

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                    Last edited by Sigve; June 8th, 2010, 12:47.
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                      Originally posted by Sigve View Post
                      What about Nordstjernen in this respect? Is she a great roller, too?
                      Well, off Stad (going south) I was actually more or less thrown out of my berth (which was placed in the fore-and aft-direction)! The vessel could sometimes take a heavy list, that is true, but I would say she behaved generally very well at sea! Of course, she has no stabilizers....

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                        Harald, thank you so much for that trip report – a most delightful read, and companion piece to the photos. And all the more interesting with your insights from working on Polarlys and your memories of Leda.
                        I still have some photos from travelling on Nordstjernen in July last year on the “to-do” list . At that time they were doing some varnishing of the fore-deck. It was also at the time of heat wave weather, and there were engine cooling problems soon after leaving Bergen which played havoc with the schedule.

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                          Many thanks for your report Harald. I wondered if we might hear about extra passengers due to the Icelandic ash cloud.

                          Originally posted by Harald View Post
                          The mate must have mixed up the MS “NORDSTJERNEN” with the TS “LEDA”, also owned by Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab.
                          Please forgive my ignorance. I understand "DS" (steam ship) and "MS" (motor ship) but what is "TS"?

                          Clipper
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                          Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
                          Deck plan geek.
                          The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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                            TS = Turbine Ship
                            The "LEDA" had steam turbines and could, as far as I know, make 22 knots.

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                              Originally posted by Harald View Post
                              TS = Turbine Ship
                              The "LEDA" had steam turbines and could, as far as I know, make 22 knots.
                              Of course .... Turbine Ship. How stupid of me.

                              I guess she had single shaft, single turbine in which case 22 knots sounds like very reasonable top speed though I expect she cruised at the same 13-15 knots as the diesels.

                              Clipper

                              Edit: Whoops, Wikipedia says twin turbines and twin shafts. Serves me right for sticking my neck out with a guess.
                              Last edited by Clipper; June 9th, 2010, 00:54.
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                              Harald Jarl, Honningsvag to Svolvaer, Summer 1985.
                              Deck plan geek.
                              The first 5 days after the weekend are the toughest.

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                                In Bergen today

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