PRINS OLAV

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PRINS OLAV

Post by Henk » Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:18 pm

PRINS OLAV
In the Rute: 02-06-1937 - 07-07-1940
Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab - Trondheim
Delivered May 1908 by A.& J. Inglis Ltd. - Glasgow
293' x 255'8" x 40'1" x 21'2" x ; after 1937, 284'3" x 265' x 40' 23'7" x 15'4"
1.728 grt; after 1937, 2.147 grt; 650 dwt
3x Parsons steamturbines connected to one; after 1937, 4 cylinder Compound from Frederikstad Mekaniske Verksted
4.035 ihp; after 1937, 3.500 ihp
18,8 knots; after 1937, 17 knots
Passengers: 450; after 1925, 100 bunks; after 1937, 450 + 240 bunks
In the fleet In May 1925 for the price of 25.000 Ponds named HMY ALEXANDRA as private yacht from Edward VII
07-06-1940 bombed by German bombers and cought fire; sunk 80 miles west of the Lofoten with the loss of crewmember Johann Strømen; all the others rescued by the British hunter HMS ARROW

From 01-12-1925 till June 1926 for the price of 1.270.000 Nkr rebuild at Frederikstad Mekaniske Vereksted - Frederikstad.
In 1936/1937 totally rebuild at Trondhjems Mekaniske Verkstad - Trondheim and the own Nordre Verft - Trondheim for a totall price of 1.830.000 Nkr.
25-09-1937 grounded near Brønnøysund and towed free by PARAT (other source TRAUST).

Photo: postcard NFDS
Profile 1: before ...
Profile 2: ... after rebuilding
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Re: PRINS OLAV

Post by Magoonigal » Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:38 pm

She had an interesting History, Henk.

You would never guess what she had been following conversion.
Paul Hood.

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Re: PRINS OLAV

Post by Henk » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:13 pm

Indeed Paul, Some differance you might say
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Re: PRINS OLAV

Post by Magoonigal » Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:16 pm

Its worth adding a bit more to the story, sumerised from Mike Bent's "Coastal Express" Book.

Nordenfjeldske purchased her on the 27th May 1925 and renamed her PRINS OLAV. Following a brief refit she commenced a series of cruises to the North Cape and Spitsbergen, attracting the elite of European and American Tourists. The bottom had fellen out of the Cruising Market for smaller vessels by the mid 1930's but the Hurtigrute was expanding and needed extra Steamers.
PRINS OLAV was transformed and fitted with "The Largest Steam Motor" ever to be built in Norway. Two refrigerated holds, one forward and one aft had a combined capacity for 5,000 cases of fish. Cabin accomodation was as shown but the former Royal Appartments were retained as an attraction for wealthy travellers.
When the war arrived in Norway in 1940, the PRINS OLAV was requisitioned at Harstad on the 9th April, evacuating civilians and carrying troops. She was then camouflaged and hidden in a remote Northern Fjord. On the 7th June 1940 she received orders to sail for Britain, calling at Hammerfest for bunkers. She was sailing with the ARIADNE when both defenceless ships were attacked by German Planes. The ARIADNE was sunk first but the OLAV made use of her speed and agility to dodge the bombs, hoping that the planes would run out of ammunition or fuel and have to return. However one of the planes changed tactics and attacked from astern scoring two direct hits aft of her funnel, setting her on fire. Under fire the boats were launched and two got away from the ship, joining another two from the Ariadne. A distress call had been made prior to the attack and all four boats were rescued by HMS Arrow on the 10th June and taken to Scapa Flow.
Paul Hood.

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