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The Stavanger’s Last Voyage

Production year: 2010 | 1*40 | Genres: Lifestyle / Travel
The Stavanger's Last Voyage is the story of this trip along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Siste Reis med RS Stavanger
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

The lifeboat Stavanger was built by legendary Colin Archer in 1901 and is the best-preserved vessel he designed.

Built by the legendary Colin Archer in 1901, the Stavanger is the best-preserved of all the lifeboats he designed. With her two masts and bowsprit, she was fast and easy to handle. More than a match for the stormiest seas, she did sterling service for no fewer than 37 years.

From 1938 to 1997 the Stavanger was in private ownership. When she reverted to the Norwegian Lifeboat Association it was with the proviso that she would eventually find a place in a museum.

And so it was that in the summer of 2009 it was resolved to undertake one last voyage along the Norwegian coast, from the Lofoten islands in the north to Lindesnes in the south, followed by a passage up the Oslo fjord to the capital and the Maritime Museum, where she will find her final resting place in the Boat Hall.

The Stavanger's Last Voyage is the story of this trip along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. It is also the story of a voyage in a boat more than one hundred years old with no engine, running water, electricity or modern conveniences, and with only a compass to steer by. For a hot drink the stove had to be lit, and when the wind dropped the crew had to take to the oars. On the journey south interviews were conducted with people involved with the Lifeboat Association and with the boat itself. The Stavanger's seagoing days may be over, but her historical worth will increase with every passing year.

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