Southern Actor

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Southern Actor at Sandefjord Museum.png
Southern Actor at Sandefjord harbour
Owner: Christian Salvesen Ltd
Builder: Smiths Dock
Launched: 1950
Status: Museum ship
General characteristics
Type: Whaler
Tonnage: 439 GRT
Length: 158 ft 9 12 in (48.400 m) (LOA)
Beam: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Draft: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine

Southern Actor is a former whale catcher, currently a museum ship based in Sandefjord, Norway and owned by Sandefjord Museum.

Southern Actor was built in 1950 at Smiths Dock, Middlesbrough, England, for the whaling company Christian Salvesen Ltd in Leith, Scotland. Many of Salvesen's employees were Norwegian mostly from Vestfold. The ship was in Norway for maintenance in the summer.

In 1995, Southern Actor was fully restored, as authentically as possible in relation to the way the boat was originally. That same year she was declared worthy by Riksantikvaren, the Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage. Southern Actor is in working order and can be chartered for excursions.[1]


  1. ^ "1950 DS/Hvb Southern Actor". Museumsskip i Sandefjord. 

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Coordinates: 59°07′36″N 10°13′47″E / 59.126612°N 10.229596°E / 59.126612; 10.229596