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M/S Nansen
Updated Jan. 22-2009

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Manager: Sverdrup & Sverdrup, Reine
96 gt

Brig built in 1889 at Rosendal Båtbyggeri, Rosendal for unknown owner in Bergen, wooden hull. Sold around 1899? to A. Dahl, Stavanger, somewhat rebuilt? Sold 1917? to Olaf Chr. Ellingsen, Kristiansund N (possibly fishing at Lofoten). At some point owned by Roald Jensen, Kabelvåg, converted to motorized freighter, dimensions in 1954 were 96' x 22' 2,71', in 1939 & 1954 she was 96 gt, indicating that not many changes had taken place in this period. As of 1954 the vessel had a 132 bhp Wichmann from 1933. It's not known for sure when this was installed, but it might have been her first engine. In 1939 she was owned by S. & C. Sverdrup, Reine, Lofoten. (Compare with the details found on this external page).

Her voyages are listed on these original images from the Norwegian National Archives:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 8


Nansen was included in Nortraship's fleet on Dec. 29-1941, after having escaped from Norway to Lerwick, and was in allied service for the rest of the war.

A. Hague has included Nansen (giving her 47 gt) in Convoy EN 472 (external link), voyage Methil-Aberdeen. According to Page 6 above, she arrived Aberdeen on Jan. 30-1945, having left Methil that same day. From Page 7, we learn that she was also in Aberdeen on VE Day, departing for Buckie that day (May 8). See also Page 8, which indicates she headed home to Norway on Sept. 5-1945, but arrival Bergen is not given.


Returned in 1945 and in 1949 she was owned by A/S m/g Nansen /Hartvig Sverdrup, Reine, Lofoten with fishing No. N-121-MS, but probably not used for fishing. (At that time vessels transporting fish also had to have numbers). Nansen sank after having run aground off Trøndelag in 1951, raised and taken to Lysøysund, repaired. New engine installed in 1956, Jönköbing 150 bhp (from 1948). Ran aground in March-1958 near Florø. Drifted ashore near Agdenes in 1959, voyage Lofoten-Trondheim with dried fish, and sank in shallow water, no casualties - repaired. In 1960 tonnage was 112,50 gt (might be due to conversions when new engine was installed in 1956 or the repairs in 1958 or 1959). Sold in 1960 to Morten Seines, Bodø, in coastal service. New engine in 1961, 280 bhp Caterpillar. Collided in 1972 with unknown vessel, due to maneuvering error. Sold around 1975 to Stiftelsen Vår Neste /Else Kolsflaath /Ragnar Kolsflaath, Oslo. Intentions for use unknown, but she remained idle at unknown location and quickly fell into disrepair. Taken over in 1981 by Nordmøre Forening for Bevaring av Eldre Båter & Fartøyer, Kristiansund N (Nordmøre Association for the Preservation of Old Vessels) with the intent of restoring her back to an operable brig, but this project was eventually given up. Deleted from the Norwegian register on Aug. 19-1991 (again, see also this external page).

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(There's a whale catcher by this name mentioned in "Damp - Dampskipets æra i Vestfold", built 1897, 98 gt, owned by a Tønsberg company and used off Iceland).

The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland. Pre war and post war history were received from T. Eriksen, Norway.


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