D/S Hestmanden

D/S Hestmanden, Kristiansand: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, D/S Hestmanden Reviews: 4.5/5

D/S Hestmanden
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Ships • History Museums
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DS Hestmanden is a sailing monument paying hommage to the Norwegian warsailors. The ship is the only remaining Norwegian vessel from the merchant fleet who provided supplies for the allied forces in both world wars. A hihlight of her career was when she took part in the allied forces' invation of Normandie, the "Operation Overlord" in June 1944. She miraculously avoided all attacks from submarines and bombs and was in active duty for more than 50 years before she was put out of business in 1964. She was built in 1911 and is currently in the final stage of complete restoration after 30 years of work. The museum will open for public in May 2017.
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Bedfordrl
Hampshire, UK322 contributions
Lovely old ship.
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were lucky as we turned up for a visit when they were opening the next week and rather than turn us away we got a personal tour.
The condition of this 1911 ship is testimony to the graft and love of the volunteers .
From the magnificent (working) triple expansion steam engine to the little bridge it's well worth a visit .
Look out for her when she is out and about .
Written June 26, 2018
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palrake
Oslo, Norway295 contributions
I liked it!
Oct 2016 • Business
Getting on this old boat is a good idea! You really get the feeling of beeing on an old "war sailor", and how it must have felt. I don't know if it really opens this summer, check it out before entering.. But what an historic artifact!
Written February 12, 2017
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Ferryman
Norway46 contributions
Very interesting ship with a rich history.
Jul 2015 • Family
I could go on and on and on about this ship, the engine and the crew but you will have to see for yourself. You´ll be surprised. Awesome!
Written March 15, 2016
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Anna J
Shrewsbury, UK52 contributions
Stavanger & D/S Hestmanden
May 2015 • Family
We were on a cruise through the fjords and one of the scheduled stops was Stavanger for the day. Unfortunately, we arrived on the day of a religious bank holiday, so Stavanger was CLOSED - literally. Bars, restaurants, shops everything was closed. But then in the harbor we stumbled upon this gem - D/S Hestmanden, a ship built in 1911, used during WW1 & WW2 as a convoy ship and having survived all of that and potentially being scrapped in the 1980's, has now been restored as a museum.
This is a must visit if only for 30 minutes. Free entrance but donations gratefully received for continued work. Beware of one issue. Its not for anyone who is vaguely incapacitated in movement or suffers claustrophobia. This was a working ship and was designed for tough men. Steps and stairs are narrow. Otherwise, highly recommended and worth the effort.
Written May 17, 2015
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thenighthawks
london505 contributions
Interesting WW2 ship
Jul 2013 • Family
When you come into Kristiansand by ferry you see a big grey boat moared up. I assumed it was an old war ship. It's the D/S Hestmanden, and you can visit it. In fact, it's an old cargo ship, steam powered, that was used during the war in convoys- hence the grey paint job. You get to see most of the boat, and learn about it's history. My wife and I found it pretty interesting.

You'll find the D/S Hestmanden near the ferry harbour. Tours run on a regular basis. The guy we had spoke pretty good English. Note: I didn't see any evidence of toilets, cafe or gift shop.
Written August 24, 2013
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