Loyal – 60 pax

The world's oldest sailing galleon

The Galeas Loyal is a two-masted 85-foot crawler-built sailing ship, built at Rosendal in 1877. It is thus - in contrast to a galley-rigged yacht - a real galeas, and probably the world's oldest sailing one. There were rumors about her from the time she was launched, especially among sailors, and for obvious reasons she was quickly nicknamed "Kvitegaleasen".

You do not need to have salt water over the years to be able to enjoy the sight of the beautiful hull and the sleek lines on Loyal. Now, fully restored and better than new, Loyal is ready for action: Excursion or representation, team building or accompanying event, excursion or cruise over several days - you can be sure that it will be a good and lasting memory.

The boat's history


Galeasen Loyal

LOYAL was built as a galeas in Rosendal in Hardanger in 1877 by Knut Johannessen Nes or "Gjøra-Knuten" as he was popularly called. This is the same man who made the Hardanger Hunt world famous because he also built GJØA which Roald Amundsen took through the northwest passage.

Loyal was built to carry up to 900 barrels of herring and was designed to sail the high seas. Today we know a good deal about her ramshackle history. Some have emerged through oral sources and some have been documented in various books and ship journals. We have the most valuable (unique) in logbooks from 1887 - 1922.


Depression age

The period 1874-95 was a prolonged age of depression. Despite the Depression and the special salt herring crisis from 1877-95, 34 new galleys were procured for Haugesund, the largest increase among all vessel types. It was people from Haugesund who started Icelandic fishing even though the economy was very bad. LoyalL was primarily built with the fish trade in Iceland and Nordland in mind, as well as the large export market. The weather conditions off Iceland placed great demands on the ships. As many hunts failed, the Galeas took over more and more because they were larger and more seaworthy. They also had a lighter handle rig, which made the voyage safer. Thus, the crew rent could be reduced. Loyal was built at the time when the Haugesunders seriously threw themselves into shipping on the high seas. But it would turn out that this was the last phase of Norwegian sailing's heyday. And it ended abruptly in 1879. This year, which marked the end of shipbuilding in Haugesund, was also the decisive turning point in the history of white seals in Norway. The sailing ships are now entering their long battle to the death. For LOYAL, it was also a long battle. It would take over 40 years before it could say the first machine. LOYAL survived thanks to its loyal crew



In 1881 she was in Iceland and transported herring back. In the Baltic Sea, the most used ports were Kønigsberg, Riga, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Norrköping, Kalmar and Karlskrona. Other countries in Europe include Germany, Denmark, France, England, Spain and Portugal.

Loyal has also sailed around Cape Horn with clipfish to Chile. Oral sources also say that she was involved in transporting the copper to the Statue of Liberty in New York.

She has been registered in the west country from Haugesund in the south to Kristiansund in the north and has always carried the name "Loyal". She got her first engine in 1932, but had sails until well into the 1950s.


Back as a sailing ship

In 1974 she was bought by John Hausberg who together with her son Audun restored her back as a sailing ship. She was launched again in 1997, and has since 1998 operated at commercial speed with Audun Hausberg as skipper. The intention is to safeguard and pass on our maritime traditions in a lively and genuine way.

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