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    This is not a super-razor sharp image but in my defense, it was taken from a moving ship at great zoom-length in relatively gray weather... (sounds pretty much like a complete set of excuses, right?)... ...

    What I like about the image though, is that in this particular view, we can truly see how large the new HSC is (Terningen) when compared to tiny Lofoten.

    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      Crikey!!!! I really had no grasp of the size of this new breed of HSC until I saw this! A LOFOTEN for scale! And it's also a delightful image.

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        I'm immensely impressed with the sharpness of your images taken in near total darkness!
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        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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          Thank you Bengt for photographing the old lady in Tromso. I was aboard her in Cabin 400 and wondering "Is Bengt taking a photo of her as usual?
          A wonderful trip -but down the way a bit on the last full day she ran an hour and a half due to head wind and heavy seas. Interesting being in 400, next to the kitchen.....I think the chefs were having a secret party because the crashing and colliding noises from the galley were astounding! The tour guide Asgeir Larsen did a great job organising KLM to hold its planes until 25 passengers could leave the ship and not miss their flights completely.

          Nari

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          • yvneac
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            How lucky you are.
            Yesterday morning I woke up aboard Lofoten.But it was just a dream!

          • nari
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            Sometimes dreams come true but it's hard to hold the breath. This time, I asked if the engine room could be visited. Three groups of pax were detailed, but the third group missed out due to heavy weather. It was great, seeing a 50 year old engine room. Very nostalgic for me. And a very obliging chief engineer too.

          Absolutely wonderful... full of lights and warmth... May all on board her have a Merry Christmas!
          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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            I do have a few pics of Lofoten herself, honest, but first I'd like to acknowledge our esteemed captain, Tor Amundsen:



            and our equally-esteemed, though possibly in a different way, tour guide, the irrepressible Asgeir Larsen:



            The crew did their best at times to repress him, but never managed it for very long.

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            • nari
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              Agreed, couldn't have been Asgeir -wonder why he was being restrained? The mind boggles.....

            • Tommi
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              Some true professionals, portrayed in a fantastic way!

            • Sarnia
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              Beautiful portraits! I traveled twice with Captain Tor Admundsen and he is really a wonderful person.

            OK, some proper Lofoten picutres. And what could be more appropriate for Christmas Eve than loading a small forests-worth of Christmas trees?

            Arriving in Ørnes, northbound,


            we found the dockside was covered in trees,


            so we set to, loading them,


            by (with some difficulty) getting a sling under each one in turn, while the forklifts stood idle,


            and we gradually made inroads into them,


            until we finally came to the last one remaining.

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            • yvneac
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              WOW.Nice report Bill.
              Did you drive the forklift??????

            Look out!


            There she goes,


            the very last one.


            With that, I sprinted back on board and up to the port bridge wing (thank heavens for small ships!), just in time to see that final tree added to the large pile on deck


            and made secure.


            And off we went to save all those northern Norwegian ports above the treeline from a barren treeless Christmas.

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              Drive the forklift? I wish! No, I was just peering through the rear window. I think this chap was a bit concerned that I might have a go at driving it though, he did march over quite briskly and move it away...

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              • Tommi
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                This must be one of the best reportages about trees that we've seen for ages on this forum...

              • Seagull
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                A wonderful thing to have captured, Bill. I have made a bookmark note of these posts for when I encounter folk with no feeling for what hurtigruten is all about.

              • Sarnia
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                Great pictures of a beautiful Christmas story with Hurtigruten (and even better, with MS Lofoten!)
                . Thank you so much for sharing these, they warm my heart.

              Such nice additions, Bill. Thank you so much! To which harbour did they ship the trees to?
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                Thank you all for your kind comments. I'm just pleased to be able to post these photos and have people enjoy them, rather than them calling me a boat geek...!

                Ralf__, I'm not quite sure where the trees were unloaded. I wasn't up in time for our 0600 departure from Hammerfest (oh the shame - I'm a lightweight, I know), but looking at some of the photos I took they were still on deck when we got to Havøysund. So it wasn't Hammerfest. It may have been Havøysund, and we did indeed spend 15 minutes longer than scheduled unloading there - but I don't know what was unloaded, because at the time I was up the road taking pictures of that stilted wooden building from a very wobbly floating pier which demanded all my attention... Honningsvåg? Possibly; we arrived late, so I dashed off to join the Nordkapp trip and didn't see what happened cargo-wise. Or anywhere else before Kirkenes, because all I know for definite is that, by the time we were approaching Kirkenes, we had swapped the trees for a "cherry-picker" crane:



                So, somewhere after Hammerfest and before Kirkenes is the best answer I can give you.

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                • nari
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                  My original bet was Honningsvag. They were not there after that port and from there on were all the little ports prior to Kirkenes. I watched them being unloaded but as usual was thinking about other things and not where we were. at the time.

                  Nari

                While I'm wittering on about trees and cherry-pickers, I will just add that watching the various cargo being loaded and unloaded, and looking out first thing in the morning to see what new surprise was on Lofoten's deck, was one of the most enjoyable and entertaining aspects of the trip for me. So here's a bit of a cargo redux.

                I loved the way that we carried just about everything you could imagine, from speedboats


                boat loading boat

                to skips



                The above-mentioned cherry-picker was unloaded, picturesquely, in Kirkenes:


                crane unloading crane

                and at various points, we loaded


                tyres, studded of course,


                chains,


                and fence posts of every conceivable type.

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                  In Trondheim (southbound) we had forklifts queueing up



                  to load a rather mundane collection:


                  wheelie bins, more studded tyres, fish carefully sealed in polystyrene boxes, and assorted plastic-wrapped stuff on pallets.

                  Ah, yes, the fish.



                  Fish on ice equals fish on deck. Certainly not in the hold, after the infamous stale-fishy-ice-water-draining-into-the-cabins incident that resulted in the entire ship being evacuated last year. Other palleted stuff goes in the hold in general



                  with a bit of guidance



                  and the whole procedure goes on day and night, whenever the ship docks, including (as in this case, my favourite of them all) loading prefabricated structures onto the deck in the gorgeous pre-dawn light in Harstad:

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                    The loading and unloading of the cargo is fun isn't it. The sheer variety - from coffins to Christmas trees, Beer to building materials. Those northerly ports are still so dependent on the Hurtrigruter running - partly of course why the 'molo', the groyne or mole in Honningsvåg harbour was extended last year.

                    We spend happy summer hours trying not to get run over by the psycho forklift driver at Honningsvåg when we're there for a two-yearly family visit.

                    Of course it wasn't that long ago that the older generation of ships still carried cars - post 516 of this thread shows a Renault Espace going on at Vardø in the 1990s (I think the right link is http://www.captainsvoyage-forum.com/...455#post103455), and Polar's video afterwards is even more alarming!

                    Great photos Bill.
                    Cheers,

                    Mark.

                    www.pologlover.co.uk

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                    • billplumtree
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                      That's a great pic of the car being loaded. Such a shame (for observers, though perhaps not for the car owners) that they don't do that any more.

                    I was on Lofoten back in 1997 when they loaded and offloaded three cars. The poor stevedores must have hated squeezing cars onto narrow decks and swinging them over rails.
                    Mind you,it provided terrific entertainment for the pax who were anticipating a semi-decent collision.

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