Jason (ship)

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Jason in Carl Anton Larsen's expedition to Antarctica.
Career Norwegian Naval Ensign Norway
Name: Jason
Owner: Christen Christensen
Builder: Rødsverven, Sandefjord,
Launched: 1881
Acquired: 1889 A/S Oceana
(Mgr, Christen Christensen)
Homeport: Sandefjord
Career 35px Italy
Owner: Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi
Acquired: 1898
Renamed: Stella Polaris
Homeport: Genoa
Fate: In July of 1909 she was given as training ship to an association in Rome and was taken under tow and anchored at Ripa Grande on the river Tiber, Italy.
General characteristics
Type: Barque
Tonnage: 495 tonnes (1,090,000 lb) Gross tonnage
255 tonnes (560,000 lb) Net tonnage
Length: 147 ft (45 m)
Beam: 30.6 ft (9.3 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Propulsion: Sails with steam assisted propulsion 60 hp (45 kW).
Speed: 7.5 knots (13.9 km/h)
Complement: 40

Jason was a Norwegian whaling vessel laid down in Rødsverven, Norway in 1881. The ship, financed by Christen Christensen,[1] an entrepreneur from Sandefjord, was noted for its participation in a 1892-1893 Antarctic expedition led by Carl Anton Larsen.[2]

Additionally, the vessel was noted for reaching 68°10'S, setting a new record for distance travelled south along the eastern Antarctic Peninsula. The ship's first mate during the expedition was Søren Andersen, also of Sandefjord. The Jason was sold to an Italian company in 1899 and renamed Stella Polaris.

Geographical locations named after the Jason

Antarctic discoveries during Jason's 1892-1893 voyage


  1. "Lardex". Lardex.net. http://www.lardex.net/thor-dahl/skip/skipstekst/1881Jason.htm. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  2. "Hvalfangstmuseet". hvalfangstmuseet.no. http://www.hvalfangstmuseet.no/default.aspx?Cat=20&Id=30. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 

Larsen, C.A. "The Voyage of the "Jason" to the Antarctic Regions." The Geographical Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4. (Oct., 1894), pp. 333-344.


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