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Post by Henk » Sat Dec 04, 2010 3:54 pm

In the Rute 24-06-1909 - 13-09-1941
Det Vesteraalens Dampskibsselkab - Stokmarknes
Delivered 24-06-1909 by Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted - Trondheim (136)
205' x 193' x 29'2" x x 13'
905 grt
3 cylinder Triple Expansion
1.150 ihp 12 knots
Passengers: 300
13-09-1941 torpedoed by the British submarine HMS TIGRIS near Rolvsøya between Hammerfest and Honningsvåg in her engineroom; sunk within 50 seconds; 71 passengers and 28 crewmembers died. 29 Norwegians and 3 Germans where rescued by the fishing vessel SKOLPEN that was at ancher nearby.

23-02-1913 grounded near Gibostad without damage.
08-07-1919 grounded near Rongevær and repaired.
In Agust 1938 lost her propeller near Osthavet and towed to Trondheim.
05-05-1940 attacked by a German airplane and near Mohavn grounded to avoid sinking. Repaired in Trondheim.

Photo 1: Hurtigruten Museet Storkmarknes
Photo 2: postcard VDS
RICHARD WITH (1) @Hurtigruten Museet Storkmarknes.jpg
RICHARD WITH (1) @postcard VDS.jpg
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Post by Magoonigal » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:27 pm

Richard With was considered to be the 'Father of the Hurtigrute'.

He was instrumental in setting up Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab on the 10th November 1881. They had previously purchased the ARENDAL built in Gothenburg in 1865 and renamed her VESTERAALEN and she initially operated from Bergen to Ports in Lofoten, Vesteralen and Senja. She was a great sucess and a second vessel, LOFOTEN was ordered. Both ships offered faster, more regular sailings to the North and in 1885 they won a mail grant, provided they called at Trondheim, on Northbound and Southbound sailings.

The first official Hurtigrute sailing was on Sunday 2nd July 1893 at 8.00 am from Trondheim and the rest is history!
Paul Hood.

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