This week's prompt of ships in Tønsberg harbour is ideal for me.
Tønsberg lies on the west coast of Oslofjord just over 100km south-south-west of Oslo near the fjord's mouth onto the Skagerrak.
Stavanger where I worked for most of the 1980s, long after the first two of my photos were taken, is on Norway's west coast.
|Ships along the quayside - 1902|
(This is my photo of one too big for my scanner - so excuse the 'fold' in the middle)
The town centre is to the right of the the shot where ten years earlier the quayside had the replica of a Viking ship tied up alongside.
|'Viking' the replica of the Gokstad ship - 1893|
The Gokstad ship was found in a burial mound at Gokstad farm in Sandar, Sandefjord in Norway's Vestfold county - the same county where Tønsberg is located. Dendrological dating suggest that the Gokstad ship was built around 880 AD
After visiting Stavanger the Viking sailed crossed the Atlantic to appear at Chicago World Fair of 1893.
In 1978 the opening of the Stavanger City Bridge connected the city to the islands in the borough of Hundvåg where Rosenberg shipyard is located.
|Rosenberg Verft on Hundvåg|
The structure on the dock at the bottom is the main support frame for Statfjord 'B'. The 'inlet' to the right of this is a dry dock where previously Rosenberg had been building LNG tankers.
|RV's last LNG tanker (from the Stavanger City Bridge)|
I had the opportunity to see the Royal Yacht Britannia pass by Rosenberg in May 1981 when the Queen and Prince paid Norway a state visit.
|Britannia passing dummy platform legs at RV - May 1981|
I acquired a number of posters of platforms under construction during my time in Stavanger. The legs of Gravity Base Structures and concrete storage cells were outfitted at Gandsfjord close to Stavanger. We travelled there by boat out under the City Bridge to teach the site.
|Mechanical outfitting Statfjord 'C' - 1981-1983|
The concrete legs are over 100m tall and the storage cells beneath around 80m. That bridge linking the top of the cells was an interesting place to walk!
Before a platform is towed out to its location in the North Sea the legs are ballasted, sunk down with the completed deck floated over the top and secured to the legs.
|Gulfaks 'A' Platform (not at Stavanger)|
When it comes to big passenger ships the visits I remember during my time in Stavanger included SS Norway and the QEII.
|QEII passing Statfjord 'B' deck at Rosenberg in July 1980|
|SS Norway with RV assembly shop in background|
I guess I'd better end this maritime rambling before anyone gets seasick.
However for more salty tales check out the links at Sepia-Saturday-264.