HRT18 PRINS OLAV


 

 

 

Prins Olav

 

Built as HMY Alexandra by A. & J. Inglis, of Glasgow, for the British Royal Navy, delivered in May 1908.

 

1,728 gross tonnes. Overall length 255.8 feet, beam 40.1 feet, depth 15.4/21.2 feet. Three Parsons turbines, 807 nom. HP, 4,500 IHP, triple screw, 18.8 knots.

 

Purchased for 660,000 kroner in 1925 by Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Used exclusively for cruising – first Nordkapp cruise from Bergen departed on 5 July 1925.

 

Rebuilt at Fredrikstad M/V between December 1925 and July 1926 at a cost of 1,250,000 kroner to make her more suitable for cruising, 2,113 gross tonnes.

 

Major rebuild at Trondhjems M/V and Nordenfjeldske’s own Nordre Verft in winter 1936/7 to transform her into a Hurtigrute steamer. 2,147 gross, 1,135 nett, 650 deadweight tonnes. Overall length 284.3 feet, 3,500 IHP FMV double compound engine, 17 knots.

 

On Hurtigrute from 27 May 1937 until spring 1940.

 

Bombed and sunk about 80 miles west of Lofoten on 9 June 1940 while trying to escape to Britain.

 

Profile (a) 1925, profile (b) 1937.