D/S Hestmanden
D/S Hestmanden
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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KJR1605
Stirling, UK187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We came across the D/S Hestmanden completely by accident during a short stop in Sandefjord. We probably wouldn't have boarded except that entry was free, but I'm so glad we did!
This ship is a fantastic tribute to both the Norwegian Merchant Marine service and the staff of the Norwegian War Sailor Museum who look after her. You get a real insight into the hard lives of sailors serving in merchant convoys under wartime conditions and how vulnerable the ships were to enemy attack. In the hold there are displays highlighting the stories of some of the sailors, which were very thought-provoking.
We got to talk to both the Captain and the First Officer, and the crew were welcoming and friendly.
Visit this ship if you get the chance, and leave a generous donation!
Written August 15, 2023
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Anna J
Shrewsbury, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bedfordrl
Hampshire, UK327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Oslodude
Oslo, Norway353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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