Haakon Adalstein


Built by C. Mitchell & Co. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, for Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, delivered 1873. Shipyard number, 294. Cost, 80,000 spedalere.


679 gross, 478 nett, 320 deadweight tonnes. Overall length 188.5 feet, beam 26.1 feet, depth 16.7/21.2 feet. 100 nom. HP, 750 IHP NE Marine Engineering Company two-cylinder compound engine, 10 knots.


Major rebuild of after end of superstructure in spring 1881, 703 gross tonnes. Rebuilt again at cost of 250,000 kroner in 1902 to 710 gross, 430 nett, 320 deadweight tonnes. New 128 nom. HP TMV triple expansion engine, 12.5 knots.


Initially employed on the stamlinje from Hamburg to Vadsø, from 1892 on Oslo to Vadsø kystrute. First appearance on the Hurtigrute is believed to be in 1899, though she became a more regular performer from 4 June 1902 (following major refit). In May 1905 she replaced Kong Halfdan on the Finmarkhurtigrute, but in 1906 was back on kombinerte route 3 (Oslo to Vadsø). Returned to Hurtigrute in either July 1907 or July 1908. Probably removed from Hurtigrute in 1925 following delivery of Dronning Maud, then acted as relief until 1936, when she returned to the kombinerte services, being rebuilt to accommodate more cargo, but only 12 passengers.


Laid up at Trondheim at the time of the German invasion in April 1940.


Between November 1945 and early March 1946 returned to the Hurtigrute, operating only between Tromsø and Kirkenes.


Sold on 9 October 1946 for 50,000 kroner to Ole T. Flakke of Kristiansund, renamed Goma. Heeled over and sank off Halland, Sweden (north of Tylön lightship) en route from Aalborg to Gdańsk on 9 September (some sources state 10 July) 1947, with a cargo of 271 horses. The crew escaped; the horses perished.