HNoMS Nor (1878)

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Norwegian 2. class gunboat.jpg
Vale-class gunboat
Naval Ensign of Norway (1844-1905).svg Norway
Name: Nor
Namesake: Nórmythological co-founder of Norway
Builder: Karljohansverns Verft Naval Yard in Horten
Launched: 23 October 1878
Commissioned: 1878
Decommissioned: 1945
Out of service: 14 April 1940
Fate: Decommissioned and sold to civilian interests in 1945
General characteristics
Class and type: Vale-class Rendel gunboat
Displacement: 260 tons
Length: 28 m (91.86 ft)
Propulsion: 220 hp steam engine
Speed: 8.5 knots (15.74 km/h)
Complement: 41 (31 after rebuild)
  • As built:
  • 1 × 21 cm (10.5 inch) RML gun
  • 1 × 1pdr (cm / inch) QF gun
  • 1 × 1pdr (cm / inch) revolving gun
  • After rebuild:
  • 1 × 12 cm (4.72 inch) gun
  • 1 × 47 mm (1.85 inch)
  • 2 × 37 mm (1.46 inch) guns
  • 50 mines

HNoMS Nor was a Vale-class Rendel gunboat built for the Royal Norwegian Navy at Horten Naval Yard in 1878. She was one of a class of five gunboats - the other ships in the class were Vale, Brage, Uller and Vidar.

Nor was, in addition to the heavy, muzzle-loading main gun, armed with a small 'Quick Fire' gun and an early automatic gun, similar to the Gatling gun.

Later Nor and her sister ships was rebuilt as mine layers, and she served in this role when the Germans invaded in 1940. During the Norwegian Campaign she served mainly in Sognefjorden. She was captured by German forces on 14 April 1940, and returned to Norway after the war.

The vessel was built at the Naval Yard at Horten, and had yard number 57. After being decommissioned in 1945 the ship was sold to a civilian company in 1949, converted to a salvage ship/tug and renamed Flatholm.[1]


  1. ^ Abelsen, Frank: Norwegian naval ships 1939-1945, Sem & Stenersen AS, Oslo 1986, ISBN 82-7046-050-8 (in English)/(in Norwegian)

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