Sørlandet (ship)

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Oslo, June 2005

Sørlandet is the oldest of the three Norwegian Tall Ships and the oldest full rigged ship in the world still in operation.


Sørlandet is a former school ship, now used for offering “adventure sailings for young people of all ages”, based in Kristiansand, Norway. Sørlandet was built in 1927 at Høivolds Mek. Verksted in Kristiansand. On her maiden voyage to Oslo in 1927, Sørlandet was inspected by HM King Haakon VII of Norway and HRH Crown Prince Olav.[1]

Originally built without an engine, the engine and propeller were installed in 1958. As the national merchant marine training ship, Sørlandet, represented the Norwegian nation at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. [2]In 1986 she once again crossed the Atlantic Ocean to take part in the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

Technical data

  • 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

See also


  1. A Brief History of the Sørlandet
  2. Norwegian-American Day at the Century of Progress Exposition (R. R. Haugan, p.3-13, Chicago, John Anderson Publishing Company, 1935)


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