PS Skibladner in Hamar
|Owner||A/S Oplandske Dampskipsselskap|
|Port of registry||Norway|
|Maiden voyage||2 August 1856|
|Refit||Aker Shipyard 1888|
|Identification||IMO number: 8927981|
|Tonnage||206 registered tons|
|Length||50.1 m (164 ft)|
|Beam||5.06 m (16.6 ft) (excluding paddlewheels)|
|Draft||1.7 m (5.6 ft)|
|Depth||2.52 m (8 ft 3 in)|
|Installed power||Triple-expansion steam engine|
|Propulsion||2 × 16 ft (4.9 m) sidewheels|
|Speed||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) at 42 rpm|
Skibladner is a side-wheel paddle steamer, and her maiden voyage was on 2 August 1856. Originally built to provide passage from the railway station in Eidsvoll to the towns of Hamar, Gjøvik, and Lillehammer along Mjøsa, she still operates the same route, but now offers sightseeing tours, dining, entertainment and cultural events during the summer months.
She was built by Motala Verkstad in Sweden and transported in pieces by rail and horse carts to Minnesund, where she was assembled and riveted together. She was originally equipped with twin-cylinder oscillating steam engines. In 1888, she was extended by 20 feet to provide more space and to allow for the installation of triple-expansion diagonal paddle engines built by Akers Mek. in Oslo, increasing her power to 606 h.p. She was then the fastest vessel in Norway with a top speed of 15 knots. She was converted from coal to oil-firing in the 1920s, and received new boilers in the 1980s. Today she is still powered by steam generated with fuel-oil burners in her twin boilers, and her normal operating speed is now 12 knots.
The ship sank twice while laid up for winter, the first time in 1937, and again in 1967, due to heeling caused by her moorings. On both occasions she was raised and underwent significant renovation with strong support from the Norwegian public.
The ship is often referred to locally as Mjøsas Hvite Svane, which translates to The White Swan of Mjøsa.
The ship’s home port is Gjøvik, where she is also laid up each winter beneath a specially built glass-covered construction. Her sailing season is from May to September, and the timetabled season is from late June to mid August.
- Lindahl, Axel. "Skibladner (paddle steamer)". Galleri NOR. Nasjonalbiblioteket. Norsk Folkemuseum.
- Olstad, Jan H.; Knutsen, Eyolf (1981). Skibladner 1856-1981. A/S Oplandske Dampskibsselskap.
- "Skibladner home page". Archived from the original on 9 August 2011.
- Skibladner fremstilles som «slaveskip» i amerikansk dokumentarserie [Skibladner portrayed as «slave ship» in an American documentary] (28 January 2021)