Oster – 100 pax

DS Oster - Old Steam

DS Oster is a well-maintained veteran boat with lots of history. From trips in the Osterfjord at the beginning of the 20th century, warships during the war to the time as a veteran boat today, this is a ship that has been through a lot. The boat is also especially known as the old steam after the folk song of Ivar Medaas.

Boat facilities

DS Oster is today a fully restored veteran with good facilities.

Technical information

  • Length: 106.1 photo
  • Width: 21.7 pic
  • Depth: 9.7 pic
  • Main machine: Triple Expansion Steam Engine (KMV)
  • Performance: 54 nhk
    Tonnage: 167 brt

Past name

  • 1908-1940 Oster
  • 1940-1945 marten
    1945-1966 Oster
    1966-1996 event
    1996-2000 Old Cheese
    2000- today Oster

The boat's history


Need a boat

In 1906, Modalen municipality sent a request to the board of Indre Nordhordlandske Dampskibsselskab to build a new scheduled boat that could force the ice that otherwise left the municipality in winter isolation. The board of INDS made the decision the following year to build a boat with a powerful engine and a strong hull. It was Christiansands Mekaniske Værksted that was commissioned to build the boat at the beginning of 1908.


Cheeses are being launched

In November 1908, the boat was delivered, and it was named DS "Oster". The boat's properties as an icebreaker met all the expectations people had. The first captain was Tobias Andersen Hordvik, born in 1867, who had had a captaincy from the age of 19. He continued as captain of Oster until his resignation in 1930.


Norwegian service

D / S "OSTER" was requisitioned by the Norwegian Navy in September 1939. She was equipped with a 76 mm cannon on the foredeck. She had an 18-man crew, under the command of Captain L. Sommer and was under the 2nd Naval District, 13th Guard Division. On January 9, 1940, under the command of Reidar Fladmark, she was badly injured in a collision with DS Ek, but was able to return to Bergen on her own machine.


The invasion

On the evening of April 8, 1940, she was ordered to patrol the southern part of Hjeltefjorden, between Ramsøy and Kalvanes. She was then ordered to Blomvåg in the intelligence and liaison function. On May 6, she was sailed to Telavåg, the command was dissolved by the navy, and the boat was abandoned.


German service

Die Deutsche Kriegsmarine found Oster on 22 May 1940 in Telavåg and ordered it. Oster kept its original 76 mm cannon, was painted gray, and was put into service 24 May 1940 with tactical number "NB04" (Hafenschutz-Flotille, Norway Bergen) and renamed MARDER. (Marder means in High German Mårkatt, and in folk German "Tjuvradd")

In the period up to December 1940, she went through a rebuild, probably fitted with Flak guns, as the boat was later also used as a floating "Air defense guns" when needed. MARDER then went mainly in patrol service for Hafenschutz-Flotille Bergen until the spring of 1944.


Murder grounding

MARDER hits ground on 17 January at Kjeøfluen on the east side of Hjelma by Alvø, a small island south of Fedje. Here she stood for five days before she was towed back to Bergen on 22 January and repaired at Evje & Andersen's Slipp at the yard.


Rescue aircraft

On June 5, 1941, MARDER rescues the crew from an emergency landing German aircraft carrier, and takes it in tow. The aircraft carrier was later handed over to the Luftwaffe.



On June 5, 1943, Marder responds to an attack by two Norwegian MTBs on ALTENFELS, which transported iron ore from Kirkenes to Germany. MTB 626 with Ltn. Bøgeberg hit ALTENFELS with two torpedoes, and ALTENFELS began to sink. Marder tried to pursue, but due to bad weather the MTBs escaped to the base in Scotland. On board were two killed and five wounded.



During the spring of 1944, the boat was modified, the stern and front mast were removed and a new "Unit mast" was mounted on the bridge. This is to make room for a firing range for a 37 mm cannon that was mounted on a platform between the bridge and the 76 mm cannon on the foredeck. A stand for sinking mines was also installed. In May 1944, MARDER was completely rebuilt, and was seen in service in 55 Vorposten-Flotille with a new tactical number, V5504, and base in "Stutzpunkt Florvaagbucht", the headquarters of 55 Vorposten-Flotille.


war End

After the Germans gave up the occupation of Norway, they left the boat in Telavåg. During the war, the boat was heavily used and poorly maintained. It was a nice little sight that met INDL when they were to take over the boat again.


Sets i mode

When the occupation ended, DS Oster was once again put into passenger traffic. Due to the war wear and tear and lack of maintenance from the German side, the boat was repaired and partially rebuilt at Storemøllens Mekaniske Verksted in Bergen. Among other things, she got a new bridge and captain's hatch.


There comes the steam

In 1964, Oster's passenger certificate expired. The boat had now become Norway's last coal - fired local boat and it was not relevant to renew the certificate. It was discussed to preserve the boat as a veteran boat even then. The price of 50,000 kroner was unfortunately too high for the conservation interests. It was in this connection that Ivar Medaas wrote the melody for the poem "Dar kjem Dampen" written ten years earlier in 1953.


MS Build

In April 1964, Oster was sold to Berge Sag & Trelastforretning / v. Br. Berge in Ølensvåg in Sunnhordland to be converted into a freighter by the owner himself. In Ølensvåg, the steam engine was dismantled and a 300 bhp Caterpillar diesel engine from the condemned purse seeker Bjørkevær »was installed. Most of the superstructure was dismantled, only the aft part with boat deck was retained. On top of this, a used wheelhouse was mounted. Midships got the boat cargo space, and ahead of a new rig with unloading boom. Like the MS Vaka, the freighter then came ashore in 1966.

In June 1974, Vaka was sold on to Oddmund Tjoflot, Vikebygd in Sunnhordland, who used it in local sand shipping in southwest Norway. In August 1988, it was sold on to the partner shipping company Kristoffersen & Gundersen / v. Thor Åge Kristoffersen, Flekkerøy near Kristiansand. This partner company used the ship in coastal shipping, typically with cement in a sack. At this time, Vaka was one of several very old freighters sailing along the Norwegian coast. The slender hull lines still revealed the past as a scheduled boat.


Cheeses are protected

The National Heritage Board gave the boat status as a ship worthy of protection and restoration and return to the way it looked in 1964 started. On the basis of original furniture and historical documentation, she was rebuilt.


restoration work

After 30 years as MS «Vaka», the boat was bought by enthusiasts in Nordhordland Veteranbåtlag. The plan was to restore the boat back with a steam engine as it was originally. The boat was named Gamle Oster. The boat was then stored in Bjørsvik.

The boat went through a major upgrade, and again got a steam engine.


Renamed Oster

On August 1, she was renamed OSTER and Brit Kari Andersen swung the bottle elegantly towards the side of the ship so the home brew splashed in all directions. The old steam echoed with a half-minute long ul in the old steam whistle.


A great welcome

Despite the fact that the ship was only technically and externally ready, it was a touching homecoming on Vågen in Bergen for Oster under Nordsteam where around 40,000 had turned up. After this eventful day, OSTER went to Bjørsvik for winter storage.


Completely restored

On June 11, 2005, Oster was solemnly declared finished restored at a ceremony in Bergen. The ceremony took place at "Shed 11", the same place that the liner had previously docked.


A well-kept veteran

Today, Oster is a well-known veteran in the fjords around Bergen. It is possible to rent the boat for all kinds of trips. Contact us to arrange your event.

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