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    Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

    Originally posted by PoloUK View Post
    "MS Nordstjernen er forsinket 3 timer fra Svolvær på sør og går dirkete til Bodø hvor ruten gjennopptas. Stamsund kanselleres."

    No boat for Carina tonight! That means no beautiful Stamsund photos of NX for the rest of us.
    yeeah... crap! always hate when that happens..

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      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

      Originally posted by pakarang View Post
      I had a big smile when I saw this article in the Norwegian paper Dagbladet today....

      http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/02/03/n...uset/20070087/
      The article was pretty funny, but the comment field below is a really sad state of affairs...(with a couple exceptions)

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        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

        With reference to the draft at #773, here is the final improved translation of Carina's Nordstjernen text, incorporating comments from Carina and Mark.
        <b>TECHNICAL DETAILS:</b><br/><br/>
        <div style="padding-left:5px;border-left:2px solid #999;">
        MS Nordstjernen is the oldest Hurtigruten ship still running and, at the age of 55 years, is a piece of living Hurtigruten history. She was built by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg Germany after the old Nordstjernen (1937) ran aground and sank in the Raftsund in late Summer 1954, and was delivered to the Bergenske Dampskipsselskap (Bergen Steamship Company, BDS) on 24 February 1956. At 2191 Gross Tonnes and a length of 80.7 metres, she was much like the other coastal vessels of that era, but her internal decor set her apart.<br/><br/>

        At that time, ships were arranged with First Class and Second Class accommodation, unlike the Hurtigruten ships of today. First class was amidships with 62 cabins while 2nd class was abaft with 130 cabins. A single cafeteria served both classes. Main propulsion consisted of a 6-cylinder Burmeister & Wain of 3000 hp diesel, which achieved 16.5 knots in sea trials. Nordstjernen was the only ship of the BDS fleet put into service with an international clientèle in mind. Many cruises that departed from the regular coastal route were organised, for example to the Shetland Islands and Svalbard, and more recently to Germany and Denmark.<br/><br/>

        In January 1979 BDS sold its interests in Hurtigruten, and its four ships, to the Troms Fylkes Dampskipsselskap (Troms County Steamship Company, TFDS) and with new funnel livery Nordstjernen became her new owners' flagship. Four years later in 1982-83, Nordstjernen underwent a major refit with a new 8-cylinder MaK engine of 3600 hp replacing the old unit. Most of the accommodation was rearranged and refurnished, many new cabins now having their own integral bathroom though at the cost of a reduction in the total number of berths. In March 1983 she went back into the Norwegian coastal service, where she remained until replaced by MS Nordlys in the Spring of 1994. At this time, Nordstjernen was taken out of the regular coastal route but was retained by the company for special duties, for example Summer cruises to Svalbard.<br/><br/>

        Since 1994, Nordstjernen has acted several times as a replacement for other Hurtigruten ships but in recent years was more permanently employed in her former role on the coastal route. After completing one last round-trip as a Hurtigruten ship, she will be taken out of service on March 22nd 2012.<br/><br/>

        <b>Milestones in MS Nordstjernen's career:</b><br/><br/>

        <b>Autumn 1954</b> - Contract placed on German shipyard.<br/>
        <b>24 February 1956</b> - Delivered as "Nordstjernen" to BDS and put into service.<br/>
        <b>1976-1979</b> - Spring cruise between Bergen and Shetland.<br/>
        <b>4 September 1979</b> - Sold to Troms Fylkes Dampskipsselskap (TFDS). New funnel livey.<br/>
        <b>Winter of 1982/83</b> - Refit.<br/>
        <b>13 December 1993</b> - Grounded in Brønnøysund. Repaired in Bergen.<br/>
        <b>4 April 1994</b> - Replaced by MS Nordlys and taken out of regular Hurtigruten service.<br/>
        <b>From 1994 onwards</b> - Cruise to Svalbard every Summer until 2008.<br/>
        <b>9 September 1995</b> - Returned to the regular route after the sale of Ragnvald Jarl.<br/>
        <b>17 April 1996</b> - Out of the regular route after delivery of MS Polarlys.<br/>
        <b>February 1997</b> - Hired as a hotel ship in Trondheim.<br/>
        <b>June 1999</b> - Hired for a concert tour from Kirkenes to Svolvaer.<br/>
        <b>Winter 1999/2000</b> - Upgraded for 10 million Norwegian Kroner.<br/>
        <b>September 2000-3</b> - Three-day cruise between Bergen and Flåm.<br/>
        <b>September 2001</b> - Hired for cruises between Sandnessjøen and Ålesund.<br/>
        <b>3 November 2001</b> - Sailed the route for MS Harald Jarl.<br/>
        <b>May 2002</b> - Out of the route after delivery of MS Trollfjord.<br/>
        <b>November 2002</b> - Replacement for Nordlys for a round trip.<br/>
        <b>March 2003</b> - Cruise to Hamburg in support of the new MS Midnatsol's handover in Germany.<br/>
        <b>Since September 2005</b> - On the coastal route for the Winter six months as a replacement for MS Nordnorge / MS Nordkapp during their trips to Antarctica.<br/>
        <b>2006</b> - Germany cruises.<br/>
        <b>October 2006</b> - New Hurtigruten "H" logo appears on the funnel after the merger of TFDS and OVDS.<br/>
        <b>22 February 2007</b> - Suffered a motor failure outside of Florø and ran aground.<br/>
        <b>May 2008</b> - Germany cruises.<br/>
        <b>Summer 2008</b> - Cruise to Svalbard. (The new MS Fram took over the Svalbard cruises from 2008 to 2011).<br/>
        <b>18 September 2008</b> - Back into the regular coastal route, Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen.<br/>
        <b>22 March 2012</b> - Out of the regular route.<br/>
        <b>Summer 2012</b> - Last cruise in Svalbard. Will be sold by Hurtigruten ASA same Autumn.<br/><br/>

        <b>The name "Nordstjernen":</b><br/><br/>

        BDS was known for giving its ships the names of celestial bodies and Nordstjernen, the second ship with this name, is named after the star closest to due North. The star is also called the "North Star" in English, "Stella Polaris" in Latin, or just "Polaris". In the Middle Ages it was called both Stella Nautica and Leiðarstjarna, meaning "star which leads the sailors into port." The North Star is very feint to the naked eye though it is the brightest star in its constellation, Ursa Minor (the Little Bear).<br/><br/>

        <i>All text in this section © Copyright Carina Hansen. The original version in Norwegian can be read at: <a href="http://www.hurtigruten-web.com/nx.html">http://www.hurtigruten-web.com/nx.html</a>.</i><br>
        <i>English translation by Clipper and other members of the <a href="http://www.captainsvoyage-forum.com/showthread.php/10-Nordstjernen/page39">CaptainsVoyage.com forum</a>, and offered with the approval of Carina Hansen free of charge to Norsk Megling & Auksjon AS to assist in the sale of MS Norstjernen.</i>
        </div><br>
        Please note that the HTML markup makes the text suitable for Norsk Megling & Auksjon to drop straight into their site. It's not exactly great HTML but is compatible with what is already on their page.

        Clipper
        Last edited by Clipper; February 6th, 2012, 06:03.
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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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          Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

          Done http://www.auksjon.no/BoatView.aspx?BID=95
          Looks great!!

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            Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

            This time next week I will be on MS Nordstjernen :-) sailing south from Kirkenes...

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              Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

              Originally posted by carinahansen View Post
              Isn't it great to feel that you've really accomplished something together!?!

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                Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                Originally posted by carinahansen View Post
                - and thanks for the GREAT support of our family of CVF!

                Needless to say, this is probably the most COMPREHENSIVE set of images of any Hurtigrute on the Internet! Proud of all of you!
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                  Originally posted by carinahansen View Post
                  Wow, the guys at Norsk Megling & Auksjon must have responded immediately they opened the email on Monday morning.

                  Of all the improvements I think the most satisfying is to see "Florida" changed back to "Florø", thanks to Mark.

                  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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                    Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                    Originally posted by GraemeD View Post
                    This time next week I will be on MS Nordstjernen :-) sailing south from Kirkenes...
                    Will sail with you from Risøyhamn to Sortland 15 Feb. I'll be the only "tourist with camera" at the dock in Risøyhamn...

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                      Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                      Make sure to say hello Harald Jarl :-), Graeme PS. What's your real name :-)?

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                        Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                        If you are lucky you can identify her by something else...

                        http://www.captainsvoyage-forum.com/...er-2011/page10
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                          Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                          Yes, I guess your eyes bulged when discovering my "horse"... Heehee, no need to drag you ashore for a closer scrutiny. Will try to park in the same spot, Graeme be on the starboard side when docking in Risøyhamn.

                          Awww, today poor lil' ol' housebound me has followed Nordstjernen on AIS since departure from Bodø and into the Vestfjord. Of course this "weather-freak" knew very well there was a storm coming, but alas had no energy so couldn't even consider flying to Bodø for the joyride across the fjord. Which I definitely would have done if well enough, because that crossing is so special when the wind/waves are southwesterly, especially when the current moves against them, and Nordstjernens rolling movements are just sooo wonderful.

                          About 2,5 hrs out of Bodø she suddenly turned northeastwards 040. I quickly checked the wind-and-waves-map, and weather had increased from gale to storm and from 4 to +6 m waves in those two hours. Sh*t, aaargh, that very wind/wave angle (aft quartering) provides the absolutely best movements in the oldships. Sob. Waaah! Well, no use crying over spilt milk. At 1900 local time her heading is 038 at 14 kts, Nordkapp is passing east of her at quite a distance, heading 207 at 10 kts (the old lady is shorter and rides the waves better than the new biggies).

                          Hmmm, her course is now veering a degree or two north/west, I wonder if they're making room for heading change to Svolvær, it's now only 29 kts there (earlier gusting 40 kts). Nordstjernen now heading 037 at 14 kts, Nordkapp still at 10 kts southbound. Wind at the north end of Vestfjorden is still storm from 220 degrees, so the choice is taking it from aft or side. My experience is that the aft-quartering is not as hard on the passengers than heavy rolling which makes them very uneasy.

                          Her heading still points to an area between the Raftsund and the Tjeldsund, so I think they are hoping for calm waters at the bottom of the fjord to make it into Svolvær. I'll post this now and then update later, to keep you in suspense...
                          Last edited by HARALD JARL; February 10th, 2012, 20:36.

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                            Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                            Yeayyh, now her heading is 024 towards Svolvær, just as well, because the conditions in the northern end of the fjord are just as bad. Jeez, this oldship performs her usual stunts like she has done for 55 years. People were more dependent on hurtigruten about 40+ years ago, because we had few cars and only gravel roads then, and in the winter they would be blocked by snow. Not to mention ferries across all open water areas, which seriously slowed your driving... Todays spoilt-rotten individuals are blissfully unaware of this quite recent history. Jepp, my hunch was right – now at 20:00 she's on a definite course to Svolvær.

                            I've saved screenshots of all the weather-maps, for my own record. Well, now my chance of a great Vestfjorden-ride is gone, because once she gets into the sheltered sounds there's no more fun for me. Next "goodie" distance would be Lopphavet (Skjervøy-Øksfjord) and the next after that would be north of Honningsvåg into the open waters. But that would mean catching a flight to Tromsø early tomorrow morning, which I just cannot do, so the opportunity has passed this time. And, not many more chances left while she's in traffic... I have booked the next-to-last trip at Finnmarka, can't stand that last trip – too crowded.

                            Well, now I've given you a real-time account of crossing the Vestfjorden in an oldship – because I've done it before and know what it's like...

                            Sheesh, posting all this and nobody's online. Well, you live in sheltered areas... Except our dear Carina, who will not get to see Nordstjernen tonight!!!
                            Last edited by HARALD JARL; February 10th, 2012, 21:06.

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                              Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                              Finally some company in here I've starred at the AIS all evening, hoping she would come in here, but no

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                                Re: ::: Nordstjernen :::

                                I'm wishing I was there, will be soon :-)

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