Kystkultur steeped in history
MS Granvin is the boat with a history from times gone by. She is suitable for most company events - and especially where an excerpt of Norwegian coastal culture is desired as part of the experience. The boat represents a cultural history in transport in Western Norway, and has been given the status of worthy of protection by the National Heritage Board.
Granvin is equipped with two comfortable lounges and plenty of deck space. Granvin is excellent for all kinds of excursions for larger companies.
- Length: 89.9 pic
- Width: 18.6 pic
- Depth: 9.5 pic
- Main machine: 3syl 2tev Wichmann 3ACA
- Performance: 300 bhk
Tonnage: 115 brt
The boat's history
M / S Granvin was built by A / S Mjellem & Karlsen in Bergen for Hardanger Sunnhordlandske Dampskipsselskap in 1931 and was certified for 150 passengers. In addition to operating the local routes in inner Hardanger, the boat was intended to go on a tourist route in the summer. M / S Granvin was also the drivers and could bring 3 cars.
She was decorated according to the old pattern with 1st class on the aft deck and 2nd class under the foredeck. In front of the superstructure there was a spacious cargo deck, with loose rows on each side, so that cars could be driven on board and ashore on chutes.
From 1931 to 1935, M / S Granvin went on a tourist route in Indre Hardanger and local routes in the winter. Mainly the Sørfjord routes between Odda and Granvin.
On 21 February 1933, Granvin went off course and ran aground on Tjuvahomen north of Øystese. The bow and half of the foreship remained on land, while the stern was under water. No one was injured and the boat was later salvaged by S / B Hercules. Granvin was then on his way from Hardanger to Bergen and there was heavy snow when the grounding occurred.
On the night of 25 April 1940, Granvin and Eidfjord transported Norwegian soldiers from Kinsarvik to Granvin, when five German motor torpedo boats attacked the Norwegian forces in Ulvik. Eidfjord was taken as German booty, while Granvin managed to get out before the attack itself. During the war, it continued at regular intervals.
M / S Granvin was faithful to HSD in local routes until 1968. Then the local routes in inner Hardanger were changed. Sørfjordruta and the route around Oksenhalvøya, which in recent years had been taken over by Fjordgubben (formerly Lønningdal I). In 1968, Granvin was sold to Olav Linga at Folkedal in Granvin and leased back to HSD for continued use in the local route between Granvin and Ulvik.
In connection with the sale and reorganization of the routes, M / S Granvin was somewhat rebuilt, among other things, the front lounge was removed in favor of a larger cargo space and the mast was moved forward. Granvin got a new engine, 3syl 2tev Wichmann 3ACA 300bhk. In 1970, M / S Granvin also got a new chimney that was to dampen some of the engine noise, but without much effect.
Due to road development and the opening of the Vallavik tunnel, the route between Granvin and Ulvik was closed. "Granvin" went on its last trip around the Ox Peninsula on April 30, 1987.
In 1988, the Veteranship Team bought the Fjord boat M / S Granvin with a view to preserving the boat. The saloon was rebuilt, and considering that the boat was mainly to be used as a passenger boat, the saloon was made larger than originally. The boat also got back a high thin chimney similar to the old one. After the conversion, Granvin received a passenger certificate for 100 passengers. Since then, Granvin has been commissioned as a veteran boat in Hordaland and participated in cultural events and conventions along the West Coast, in Oslo, Gothenburg and in Copenhagen.
In 1995, M / S Granvin received status as a vessel worthy of protection by the National Heritage Board. Granvin was also later protected in 2011 as she represents transport and ship history from the time when car traffic and the development of a modern road transport system were taking shape. It is a typical representative of the first, less motorized local scheduled boats that were in operation in the fjords in Western Norway.
In tow, the ship is operated on a voluntary basis and the boat is very well maintained. She is suitable for most company events - and especially where an excerpt of Norwegian coastal culture is desired as part of the experience.