HR15 VESTERÅLEN


 

Vesterålen

 

Built by Cantieri Riuniti di Ancona, Ancona, for Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab, delivered on 29 March 1950. Shipyard number, 231. Cost, 9,660,000 kroner.

 

2,095 (later 2,117) gross, 1.099 nett, 585 deadweight tonnes. Overall length 268.0 feet, beam 41.0 feet, depth 14.2/21.5 feet. 2,500 BHP, 8-cylinder 2T EV DM Fiat diesel, 17.75 knots on trials. After end rebuilt (as on Erling Jarl) at Trondhjems M/V in 1962.

 

Renamed Vesterålen II on 14 January 1983.

 

On Hurtigrute from 1950 to 1983. First sailing on 11 April 1950, last sailing in February 1983.

 

Sold on 3 June 1986 to Northern Shipping of Oslo, renamed Ralen, proposals for use as floating hotel in Spain. Sold on 26 April 1984 to T. Fekete of Tønsberg, renamed Annexet. Used as floating asylum centre for immigrants. Sold in March 1990 to Café Arken of Sundsvall, Sweden, for 3,150,000 Swedish kroner, renamed Nordstjernan af Sundsvall. Sold in September 1991 to Etoile Marine, of Nicosia, Cyprus, for 1,000,000 Swedish kroner. Towed to Rotterdam. Plans to use her as a floating hotel in the Mediterranean fell through. In October 1995 sold for breaking up in Vigo.