Sørlandet (ship)

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Sørlandet in Oslo 7jun2005.jpg
Sørlandet in Oslo, June 2005
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.


The full rigged Ship Sørlandet represents a unique heritage from the days of the tall ships and fast clippers. The Sørlandet was built in 1927 at Høivolds Mek, shipyard in the city of Kristiansand, on the south coast of Norway. She is the oldest of the three Norwegian Tall Ships.

The original capital was a legacy of 25,000 Pounds Sterling, established by ship owner O.A.T.Skjelbred. The Sørlandet was launched in 1927 and measured 210 feet and 577 gross tons. She had no engines. Through "Sørlandets Seilende Skoleskibs Institution” (a school/institution for seafarers to be), she became a vital part in the education of young seamen from the southern region of Norway called Sørlandet. On her maiden voyage to Oslo in 1927, the Sørlandet was inspected by King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav. Later in the same year, she sailed for London with 90 young boys on board. One of her highlights was the cruise to the World Fair in Chicago in 1933. Being the first Norwegian training ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, she actually served as the Norwegian pavilion during the exhibition "Century of Progress".

The Sørlandet was damaged during World War II, where she served as an accommodation vessel for German submariners. She was restored and ready to sail in 1948 and in 1958 was she equipped with an engine. In 1974, she was no longer used as a public training vessel, and was sold to ship owner Staubo. She became registered in Arendal and laid up at Kilsund at anchor for three years. She decayed considerably during these years. In 1977 she was bought back to Kristiansand by ship owner Skjelbred who gave her to the city of Kristiansand. In 1981 a foundation was established "Stiftelsen Fullriggeren Sørlandet" which is now the owner and operator. From 1980 to 1983, the Sørlandet was the only operating Norwegian sail training ship, and the first one with opened cruises for both sexes, of all ages and nationalities. The Sørlandet crossed the Atlantic four times in 1981. In addition, she was engaged in a film shoot in New York and performed several cruises between Bermuda and Boston.

In 1982, the Sørlandet hosted the exhibition "Women of the Coast" whilst visiting some 60 seaside places along the Norwegian coast all the way up north to Kirkenes. A total of 83,000 people visited the Sørlandet during this tour. In 1986, she once again crossed the Atlantic to take part in the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in New York. From 1986- 1988 about 500 cadets from the Royal Norwegian Navy got their first life-at-sea experience, through six-week courses of sailing and training on board the Sørlandet. In the latter half of the 1990s she worked closely in co-operation with the Royal Norwegian Navy, Norwegian Shipowners' Association and the local public employment office, offering six-week courses in sailing and general seamanship in order to strengthen the recruitment of young seafarers.

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules of the 1969, convention The Sørlandet is now 499 gross tons. She is well equipped with air-conditioning and otherwise she is in her original condition. The main engine is of 560 HP only. In 1980, the Sørlandet went through a full restoration. She had extensive restoration in 1988 and again from 2003 to 2007. In the summer of 2012, Sørlandet spent four months on dry-dock at Tuzla, Istanbul for a very major restoration project which included replacing many of her riveted steel hull plates and a complete rebuild of the main ‘Banjer’ area where students sleep and attend classes and replacement of many support systems. In 2010, the Canadian school, Class Afloat, West Island College International chartered the Sørlandet and has taught its program of high school and university courses and sail training onboard until 2014.

Today the foundation is starting with the completely new IB school called A+ World Academy. With the office in Canada[1] and soon all around the world A+ World Academy has a big tendention to becoming a most wanted school with the highest educational criteria. Having the A+ World Academy on board, Sørlandet will become the first ship from this part of Europe that will together with its own school sail around the world and in only 2 years and visit more than 44 cities in 22 counties.[2] From the summer 2015 operating the school and few offices around the world will be main task for the foundation.

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
  • Auxiliary Power: 560KW / 9 knots
  • Number of Sails: 27
  • Sail Area: 1240 square meters

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Us - A+ Academy". Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Where We Go - A+ Academy". Retrieved 2015-10-05. 


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