port 1 January. (Photo: Kai Leithe.)
Hello and welcome to my Coastal Voyage
in m / s Lofoten welcome you to Hurtigruta.info :-)
I've always been
interested in Coastal, this is a fantastic voyage that it is impossible
to get bored, because everything ... both the landscape, weather, nature
and the seasons changing all the time.
I have traveled a lot as a
passenger on board the steamer, but for a few years ago I was lucky
enough to have designs on as substitute mate. Within two years, I was on
3 of the ships .... m / s Lofoten, m / s Nordnorge and M / S Narvik ....
So I got to experience
what it's like to be crew on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. I just want
to say that this is an absolutely fantastic job in which you are well
taken care of. Yes, it's like to be a member of a fine old family.
m/s Lofoten arrive.
(photo: Kai Leithe.)
Fellow Trustees on board
is fantastic As crew, you also get a mutual and good relations with
passengers on board, which is unique for Coastal This puts passengers
There is no doubt that
those who sail the Hurtigruten are good sailors who know the coast,
the fairway and his ship in and out.
One important thing is
safety on board ... It is first class and nothing is left to
coincidence. Often held drills, and when there are new people on
board, they are trained in safety with under fire, evacuation and
lifeboat maneuver. Each ship has a dedicated security officer who
ensures that all personal lists are updated and that all safety
equipment is in top condition and ready for use at any time. The
security officer is always on board.
Mate Kai navigates m / s
Lofoten, a visitor provided.
history, you will find a link to the Coastal Express Museum, and that I
have gathered some information and images from all 89 coastal ships have
sailed, all the way back to the d / s Vester Aalen, who was sitting in
traffic from Trondheim on 2 July 1893 at 0800. The ship arrived in
Hammerfest less than three days later. The July 5, 1893. This was a
sensation in those days. On board the Hurtigruten's father, Captain
The first coastal
steamer that was put into operation on 2. July 1893:
The special with the steamer at
that time was that they had "powerful searchlights on board and that they was able
to sail at night ".... They used the "Manual course book" which was written and
prepared by pilot Anders Holte and Captain Rickhard With. (Course book is
still in use today on the steamers.) Furthermore, they had a powerful
compass, clock and log. But much has changed since then ......
MS Finnmarken in fine
style in the south Brønnøysunds. (Photo: Kai Leithe.)
You will also find a
summary of Hurtigruten's war history (under )....
In the margin to the
right, you will find lots of useful information and history, I will also
refer to Hurtigruten's main Web page, see link further up right or
below on this page.
I hope you will enjoy and
find useful informations on this website. With regards, Kai :-)
sailing north towards the Midnightsun (Midnatsol) countries. (Photo:
heading south after a
wonderful trip to North Cape and Kirkenes. (Photo:
Where are Hurtigruten right
(Northern Lights) in the narrow waters of the spring tide. (Photo:
enjoying themselves on the stern ... Now it's summer!. (Photo:
BT's Seafaring WebCam
(Sailing Web cam) on (on) m / s Richard With.
Webcams (on) M / S
Finnmarken, M / S Lofoten, M / S Midnatsol, M / S Narvik, M / S
Trollfjord, M / S Nordkapp, M / S Nordnorge, M / S Polarlys, M / S
Nordlys and M / S Vesterålen. (Click on the image above)
M/S Richard With's
capitain Jørgensen on the bridge. (photo: Kai Leithe.)
Which ship from which port?
m/s Richard With
greeted with full music when it arrived in the
Torghatt festival. (foto: K. Leithe)
It happens a lot along
the coast during the summer. (Photo:
At this year's brightest
night, the 22nd June 2007 at 0030 arriving m / s Nordkapp to
it is Midnightsun
south of the Arctic Circle! (Photo:
m / s Finnmarken
Hurtigruten at the Museum of Stokmarknes. (Photo:
Hurtigrute/ Costal Voyage
museum... Click here!
Norwegian Coastal Voyage ship sunk during the war:
Richard With 13/9-41, DS Prins Gustav 7/6-40, DS
Vesteraalen 17/10-41, DS Dronning Maud 1/5-40, DS
Ariadne 7/6-40, DS Mira 4/3-41, DS Barøy 13/9-41 ,
DS NordNorge 10/5-40, DS Prinsesse Ragnhild
23/10-40, DS Sigurd Jarl 23/4-40, DS Irma 13/2-44,
DS Ryfylke 5/2-41,DS Sanct Svitun 30/9-43
Hurtigruten 1940 -
Norway's most important transportation route, set departures after
9 April 1940.
The summer and
autumn of 1940 sailings once again with a series of tragic loss as
23.10.1940 was D / S
Princess Ragnhild lowered outside of Bodø, the first war disaster
that hit the coastal ships in ordinary speed. The accident was
probably due to a British underwater mine from April 1940. 54
passengers, 25 crew members and 150 to 200 German soldiers lost
12.9.1941 was D / S
Barøy sunk in the western area of a British flytorpedo. 18 crew
and 59 passengers, among them 21 women and 7 children died. In
addition, lost about 40 German soldiers life.
The next day was D /
S Richard With torpedoed by a British submarine (Tigris) off the
coast of Finnmark. The ship went down in 50 seconds and almost 100
people were killed.
D/S Dronning Maud
was bombed in Gratangen 1940.
After this it
was decided that Coastal would not sail beyond Tromsø. On the
stretch Tromsø - Hammerfest was created a sk. replacement
17.10.1941 was D
/ S Vester Aalen torpedoed off Øksfjord. The ship sank within
half a minute, and only 7 of a total of 67 passengers and crew
members were rescued. In the next 2 years sailed Hurtigruten
without dramatic loss, but
30.9.1943 was D
/ S Sanct Svithun sunk by British aircraft at Stad, 43
Norwegian and 18 Germans were killed.
The sinking of
the D / S Irma on Hustadvika 13/02/1944 was the last serious
accident which affected the Hurtigruten. The ship was sunk by
Norwegian MTBs stationed in Shetland. 61 people were killed in
the accident. The sinking of Sanct Svithun and Irma occurred
despite the fact that both the British aircraft and MTBs from
Shetland had standing orders not to attack the Norwegian
civilian ferry boats that sailed alone.
The Germans and
NS utilized when the maximum of the allied attacks on coastal
ships in the propaganda against the Allies and the London
despite heavy losses, maintained throughout the war, both in
the interests of the coastal population's supply needs and the
occupying power's need for transport of military personnel and
Evening on the m / s
Trollfjord, we look at Fugeløya Skjervøy. See the poster below.
(Photo: Kai Leithe :-)
picture from Coastal 365 on NRK. See. (Photo:
at sunset, November
2006. (Photo: Kai
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welcome back! Kai :-)
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