This is not me, but in my neighbourhood, and the story was run in the newspaper I work in, so I wanted to share. The ship model being restored is almost 100 years old, which is very special in this part of the world. The germans' schorched earth tactic was carried out here in 1944 after three years of soviet bombing, so it is a miracle the ship survived. There were very few houses left. Everything older than 1940 is rare around here...
Some facts about the original boat:
DS «Hestmanden» is a steam-powered cargo ship, built by Laxevaag Maskin og jernskibsbyggeri, and handed over to Vesteraalen's steamship company in 1911.
The boat is 195.6 feet long and 30 feet wide. It was first used in general cargo traffic, but was leased to England and went into British service during the First World War, including convoys to Arkhangelsk.
From 1924 until the outbreak of war in 1940, the ship sailed on the coastal freight route between Oslo and Kirkenes, with the occasional trip to Petsamo. During the war, the ship was under Nortraship's control and went, among other missions, in convoys in British waters.
In June 1945, the "Hestmanden" was the first Norwegian ship to go from Oslo to Finnmark with supplies for the reconstruction (scorched earth, mentioned above).
After the war, the ship ran on the coastal freight route until 1955, when it was bought by Høvding ship dismantling, which had it in operation until 1964.
In 1979, the vessel was bought and rescued from dismantling by the Norwegian Veteran Ship Club.
In 1995, the norwegian government allocated 5 million NOK for the restoration of the vessel, provided that the ship was to be a sailing war memorial to the war sailors.
DS "Hestmanden" is now located in Kristiansand and is scheduled to sail to Kirkenes (my home town) in the summer of 2021.
In the photos, the father of Torbjørn, the man to the left, built the ship model. It originally had a wind-up motor! Freddy (right) is now restoring the model. It is in original colours, but the restored original ship is in military grey.