Sørlandet (ship)

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Sørlandet in Oslo 7jun2005.jpg
Sørlandet in Oslo, June 2005
Career (Norway)
Name: Sørlandet
Namesake: Sørlandet
Builder: Høivolds Mek. Verksted, Kristiansand
Launched: 1927
In service: 1927
General characteristics
Tonnage: 891 tons
Displacement: 499 tons
Length: Sparred Length: 64,15 m
Beam: 6,87 m
Height: 34,2 m
Draft: 4,5 m
Speed: 14 knots (engine) / 17 knots (sails) (can go higher but hull is not made to withstand it)
Sørlandet at the SAIL Amsterdam event in 2010

Sørlandet is the oldest of the three Norwegian Tall Ships and the oldest full rigged ship in the world still in operation.


Sørlandet is a former school ship, now used for offering “adventure sailings for young people of all ages”, based in Kristiansand, Norway. Sørlandet was built in 1927 at Høivolds Mek. Verksted in Kristiansand. On her maiden voyage to Oslo in 1927, Sørlandet was inspected by HM King Haakon VII of Norway and HRH Crown Prince Olav.[1]

Originally built without an engine, the engine and propeller were installed in 1958. As the national merchant marine training ship, Sørlandet, represented the Norwegian nation at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago.[2] In 1986 she once again crossed the Atlantic Ocean to take part in the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.[citation needed]

Sørlandet was in Amsterdam in August 2010 for SAIL Amsterdam, a large maritime event.[citation needed]

Sørlandet is currently[when?] on hire to the Canadian sail training institution Class Afloat.[citation needed]

Technical data[edit]

  • Displacement: 891 tons
  • Gross tons: 499
  • Length: 57 m
  • Length inclusive bowsprit: 65 m
  • Mast height: 35 m
  • Draft: 4,5 m
  • Trainee capacity: 70/sailing or 150 passengers in closed waters.
  • Fixed crew: 15

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A Brief History of Sørlandet
  2. ^ Norwegian-American Day at the Century of Progress Exposition (R. R. Haugan, p.3-13, Chicago, John Anderson Publishing Company, 1935)


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