Welcome aboard historic Atløy!
MS Atløy operated the Bergen - Sognefjord and local routes in the years 1931 to 1974, and is one of the last surviving fjord boats built before World War II.
An enthusiastic and knowledgeable veteran boat team, in collaboration with the antiquarian authorities, has modernized the machine, electrical system and other technical equipment, and returned the boat to its original condition.
From the spacious salons to officers' cabins and post office - Atløy is contemporary to the smallest detail and forms a pleasant setting around larger companies in connection with day trips or transport to and from one of the many restaurants around islands and ports.
Atløy is equipped with three comfortable lounges and plenty of deck space to move around. Atløy is ideal for all kinds of excursions, fishing trips or larger parties.
- Length: 86.2 pic
- Width: 17.8 Fig
- Depth: 9.6 phot
- Hull: Steel
- Main machine: Wichmann diesel engine
- Performance: 300 bhk
Tonnage: 103 brt
- 1931-1974 Atløy
- 1974-1984 Latøy
The boat's history
M / S Atløy came in the middle of the row in the series of five motor ships that Fylkesbaatane in Sogn og Fjordane had built from 1925 to 1935. She was contracted in 1930, built by Bergen Mekaniske Verksted. Atløy was to be completed on 1 May 1931, but was not delivered until 31 October of the same year due to a labor dispute.
The boat, was a combined cargo and passenger vessel of iron, and was a very nice boat, with a certificate for 120 passengers.
Atløy became a faithful wrestler on the harsh coast of Sogn og Fjordane. The newly built boat was first put on the route between Bergen, Vadheim and Høyanger in correspondence with the Oslo train to and from Bergen.
In the summer, Atløy tourist routes ran between Bergen, Balestrand and Fjærland and between Flåm and Gudvangen. One night a week, the boat also went on a loading route on the Sognefjord. The boat was then full of both cows and goats, and the crew had to rinse and scrub after each trip to get rid of cow dung and goat odor before the tourists came on board in the morning.
In the winter of 1935/36, Atløy was transferred to Sunnfjord to replace the old D / S Balder, which had turned out to be too small. Atløy then had a wide route area: From Florø to Askvoll and Dalsfjorden, to Eikefjorden, to Bremanger and Kalvåg, and to the Måløy area and Selje.
When the war broke out in April 1940, Atløy was en route to Fjærland. The boat went after 9 April a few trips, but was mostly at rest in Fjærland. Most of the crew were from the Florø area, and traveled home in groups. Some even rowed the 70 nautical miles from Fjærland to Florø.
Atløy was later directed to Nordfjord by the office that FSF had established in the First April days of 1940. The boat had been on Sandane for a few days, when the crew learned that the fighting in southern Norway was over. The boat was quickly filled up by Norwegian soldiers who came from Voss, some also with weapons. Atløy went out towards Nordfjordeid, Stårheim and Måløy.
In Måløy, British officers came on board who wanted the boat to transport them to England. But in Måløy there was also an armored whale boat belonging to the Norwegian Navy that was going to England. Atløy therefore did not take on this assignment.
During the war, Atløy ran the Åfjord route, between Bergen, Gulen, Solund and Hyllestad. Nevertheless, it was also often in storage due to lack of fuel.
The English voyage from the Norwegian coast was now also at its most extensive. The scheduled boats brought with them many passengers who were going to the islands at the far end of the coast to take over to England. It was usually clear to the crew who was going across the North Sea to England.
Atløy was once almost taken over by a group of young men who came on board Bergen. They had plans to use the boat across the North Sea, and had previously put out oil barrels along the road in the Skifjord. Atløy was too late from Bergen, and it did not happen that Atløy traveled to England this time either.
After the war, Atløy traveled a lot on Solund and Bulandet. Elles also took the boat on the route between Bergen and Dalsfjorden, on the local route on Norddalsfjorden and on the loading route on Bremanger. In the 1950s, Atløy replaced many of the FSF's other boats. Atløy also had a post office and a mail clerk on board for a long time, but this work was later taken over by the helmsman or driver.
In 1963, Atløy was upgraded and modernized. The boat had the wheelhouse extended out on the bridge wings, a new chimney and new passages with plastic windows aft. The old two-cylinder Bolinder engine was also replaced with a new four-cylinder 240-horsepower Wichmann engine. This was largely due to the fact that there were no longer any spare parts for the old machines. The sister ships Nesøy and Værøy therefore also got new engines at the same time.
In recent years in FSF's service, Atløy went on a milking route between Florø and Førdefjorden, with a trip to Førde this week. Due to increased demands for efficiency, speed and comfort, the boat was perceived as old-fashioned, and in 1974 the boat was sold to private owners in Sunnmøre. There she was named LATØY, and was used as a holiday boat. The same owners had also previously bought the sister ship Svanøy, and used engine parts from Atløy to repair it. Latøy also later went as a shuttle boat for workers in connection with platform construction at Åndalsnes, with a certificate for 180 people. From 1978 to 1982, Latøy was in storage at Hareid.
The then manager at Solund Mekaniske Verksted, Jostein Eldøy, knew Latøy well. He suggested that this last iron boat after the FSF should be taken care of and restored. Eldøy received a good response to this idea, and after a professional inspection, the boat was purchased for Solund. The boat was then very worn.
After the purchase, the boat was left at Solund Mekaniske Verksted, and was under a roof in the repair hall for a long time. From the first moment, it was clear that one was facing extensive work. An active gang of volunteers worked until March 1983, but gradually both courage and strength began to wane, and people began to realize that the task was too overwhelming.
In Florø, there were several who had been crew on Atløy, and therefore had strong wishes that she should be taken care of. What still made the difference was that Ankerløkken Verft, - which was in some difficult times, was allocated funds earmarked for the restoration of Atløy. The county cultural director and other good forces were very engaged here. The boat came to Florø in March 1983, and has been there ever since.
After a ferry sale, the FSF released the name of the boat, and it was a big day when the letters on the bridge were changed from LATØY to ATLØY. The company also returned the ship bell that had belonged to the boat.
Ildsjelene sto på, og båten framsto etterhvert i svært bra stand. I 3 sesonger ble båten utleid til FSF og gikk en turistrute på Nærøyfjorden i Sogn. Dette Atløy jevn inntekt, men det var ikke nok. Båten skulle ha mannskap hele sommeren og slitasjen vart stor. Vintrene gikk til vedlikehold og om sommeren var båten borte. Dette gjorde til slutt at aktiviteten dabbet av, og det var etterhvert bare noen få ildsjeler igjen. Selv om disse gjorde en kjempeinnsats var det ikke nok.
Atløy was in poor condition when Atløys Venner took over the operation. The boat lacked a certificate, and one had to go on dispensation from the Ship Inspection every trip. Several had also expressed their interest. Both United World College in Fjaler and Over Stokk og Stein in Bremanger would like to take over the boat and the operation. The will to drive the boat was present, however, and they finally managed to keep Atløy in Florø by founding a friends association.
In 1996, Atløy was recognized as worthy of protection by the National Heritage Board. They were based on the period in the post-war period where the boat had a new wheelhouse and deck, where the boat represents the five ships FSF had. In addition to highlighting the historical importance of Atløy, the recognition from the state has ensured that she has received a grant so that the zealots who operate the boat have been able to preserve the history for the future.
After the home purchase of Atløy, funds from the National Heritage Board, donors and countless hours of hard work from enthusiastic enthusiasts have contributed to the boat being restored and returned to the way it was in the post-war period. Among other things, she has received:
- Renovated hull and engine.
- New front deck, wheelhouse roof and boat deck.
- New salons furnished in collaboration with Hardanger Vessel Protection Center in Norheimsund in collaboration with the National Heritage Board and the Coastal Museum in Sogn og Fjordane
- General restoration and reversal of the standard.
Today it is possible to experience what it was like to travel with Atløy in the post-war period. The boat is recognized for being very well maintained, and is an important part of the protection fleet. It therefore feels like a little time travel when you board this well-kept veteran boat.