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D/S Hestmanden:

Length: 195.2 foot
Width: 30 foot
Depth: 13.7 foot
Register ton: 979
Engine: Laxevaag triple expansion steam engine of 550 hp

D/S Hestmanden was built by Laxevaag Maskin- & Jernskibsbyggeri in 1911 for the shipping company Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskap. After surviving two World Wars in the nation's service and as the only ship remaining from Nortraship's fleet, this vessel is one of the most valuable pieces of Norway's maritime cultural heritage. After many years of neglect, the ship was saved by the Norwegian Veteran Ships Club and is currently being restored at Bredalsholmen Shipyard and Preservation Centre. The ship is currently owned by the Hestmanden Foundation and its restoration is one of the most extensive ship preservation projects in Norway. Once the restoration work has been completed the Hestmanden Restoration Project will become a national wartime seafarers' museum. The Arkivet Foundation in Kristiansand has been assigned responsibility for running the museum on-board the vessel.

 
 

 

D/S Kysten:

Length: 125 foot, extended in 1951 to 139 foot
Width: 21 foot
Depth: 9.25 foot
Register ton: 292
Engine: Triple expansion steam engine of 448 hp

D/S Kysten was built at Trondhjems Mekaniske Værksted and was handed over to Namsos Dampskibsselskap in 1909. Kysten sailed between Trondheim and Namsos and with 45 ports of call the trip took almost two days. In 1970, the vessel was purchased by AS Jubileumskipet in connection with the town of Tønsberg's 1100-years anniversary celebrations. With Tønsberg as its home port, the vessel ran charter trips in the Vestfold archipelago. The ship arrived at Bredalsholmen in 2003. The reason for this was an order from the Norwegian Maritime Directorate to replace individual steel plates on the starboard side. As the interior fittings were removed and the hull exposed, new repairs were ordered. The work has been extensive and has given the owners major financial challenges. The vessel is a very important example of a Norwegian coastal passenger/ cargo vessel and therefore the Directorate for Cultural Heritage has made it clear that the vessel must be preserved and therefore provides financial support for this purpose. The initial aim is to carry out and complete all work on the hull so that Kysten can be set afloat once again.

 
 

Fix:

Length: 57 foot
Width: 11.2 foot
Depth: 7.1 foot
Register ton: 25.27
Engine: Wichmann, 4 DCT 125C Fix was built at Fredrikstad Mekaniske Verksted in 1891, as build no. 17 for Anton B. Nielsen & Co and Arthur H. Mathiesen & co, who were both owned by Fredrikstad Dampsag. The vessel was bought as a tugboat for timber on the river Glomma. Toward the end of the 2nd World War, Fix was one of the vessels involved in an anti-sabotage operation. The operation, which was codenamed Polar Bear, was launched from London and led by the Norwegian resistance movement Milorg. Its mission was to prevent the Germans from destroying the town’s fleet in the event of surrender. On 8 February 1945, 12 of the town’s tugboats were seized under the cover of darkness and made a dramatic exit from the port before sailing to Sweden. Fix’s participation in this operation has been an important factor when selecting this vessel as a restoration object. The vessel was in very bad condition when the restoration project started in 2008. Much of the steel has been replaced and a restoration method involving a good deal of welding has been accepted. The Directorate for Cultural Heritage has provided financial support to the project, but a private grant from Inge Stensland, who was personally involved and led the tugboat operation in 1945, has been decisive for the project.

 

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