Tag Archives: Norway

Draken Harald Hårfagre, a Broken Mast and Why They Didn’t Row to Port

In early July, the 114-foot long  Draken Harald Hårfagre, the largest Viking replica ever built, was sailing across the North Sea,  from Haugesund in Norway.  Three days out, in high seas, the ship’s mast failed and went over the side.  No one … Continue reading

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White Humpback Whale Sighted Off Norway

Yesterday, we posted about the Moby Dick Marathon NYC, which begins tonight. It is not as one reader suggested a porn event but rather the first-ever marathon-style reading in New York City of Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby-Dick. Fittingly … Continue reading

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Own Your Own Secret Submarine Base – Norway’s Olavsvern Naval Base For Sale

For only 105 million Norwegian krona (thats € 14 million or roughly US$17.5 million) you too can own an Arctic submarine base.  Norway’s Olavsvern Naval Base just outside the city of Tromsø, has been on the market since January 2011, but for the last … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Osberg Viking Ship – Seaworthy or Only Decorative ?

In 1904 and 1905, archaeologists Haakon Shetelig and Gabriel Gustafson excavated a burial mound at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Vestfold county, Norway that contained a well-preserved Viking ship.   The Osberg ship was reconstructed and has became Norway’s largest tourist … Continue reading

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Busy Saturday at Sea – Container Ship Aground Off Norway & Tanker Aground off Sicily

There are no weekends off at sea and this has been a busy Saturday. Off Sicily, the 18,000 DWT Italian tanker Gelso M ran aground in a storm, with reports of engine room flooding. The crew of 19 was evacuated by helicopter without injury. … Continue reading

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Building the Viking Longship Dragon Harald Fairhair

In western Norway, an ocean going Viking longship is taking shape. Named the Dragon Harald Fairhair, (or in Norwegian Draken Harald Hårfagre) she is the largest Viking longship to have been built in modern times and is due to be … Continue reading

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Eight Foot Long Whale Tooth Stolen From Museum in Norway

The thief is described as a man, 40 to 50 years old, dressed in black leather, wearing a dark coat, carrying an 8 foot long whale tooth. The man was also reportedly walking a white dog.  He allegedly stole the tooth … Continue reading

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The International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2010

Not long left to register for the International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2010 to be held on 12th – 13th November 2010 in Stavanger, Norway. The International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2010

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Removal of the Murmansk Shipwreck on Webcam and Documentary

After a service life of almost 40 years, the Soviet light cruiser Murmansk was decommissioned and sold for scrap.  On Christmas Eve in 1994, the ship was under tow to India when the tug lost control of the ship in a storm. … Continue reading

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Tall Ships Race to Hartlepool August 7th – 10th

Race number two of the Tall Ships Races 2010 is now under way from Kristiansand, Norway to Hartlepool, UK.  The tall ships will be on display in Hartlepool from August 7th through the 10th. Tall Ships – Hartlepool To learn … Continue reading

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Women on Subs – Not all that New

Julian Stockwin made a comment on Twitter this morning (what is the past tense of “to tweet?” by the way) regarding women on submarines.  He noted that Norway has had women serving on submarines for decades.   Indeed, the US … Continue reading

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Headline Wars over Whales

There is an interesting conflict going on over the new draft proposal by the International Whaling Commission which would allow limited commercial  whaling at levels significantly lower than currently practiced by Japan, Iceland and Norway.   Depending on who you listen to this is either a good thing – … Continue reading

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