M/S Vestgar – A fully restored veteran
M / S Vestgar is a magnificent and majestic version of a veteran who is an ideal choice for both large and small companies and excursions. Vestgar is equipped with two comfortable lounges and plenty of deck space to move on. Aft is covered covered and forms snug and cozy meeting place for those who need air. Inside there are varied seating areas so people can bolstered in. A Perfect boat for outings with larger teams, where there will also be opportunities for food and drink.
- Length: 115,6 phot
- Width: 20,9 phot
- Dybdre: 8,8 phot
- Mainframe:Wickmann Diesel
- Power: 480 HK
tonnage: 229,7 brt
- 1957-1979 Vestgar
- 1979-1980 Vestgar Senior
- 1980-2007 Peace Messenger
The boat's history
Vastgar shipped from P. Høyvolds Mek. Workshop in Kristiansand Øygard boat L / L in 1957. She went in this time in the combined cargo and passenger route between Øygarden and Bergen. She was decorated like a traditional liner and sea bus. On the upper deck there was a large, light and pleasant lounge with 81 seating and lounge on the main deck was 90 seating. Overall, the boat was certified for 252 passengers. On the foredeck there was load frames with cargo. Up to and including own post office and kreaturstall was. The boat had a 8 meter high mast with boom that could take 2 tonnes.
In the '70s were the islands around Bergen more and more linked to the mainland by bridges, and it was no longer the same need for local ferries. M / S Vestgar was the last ferry that went into service between Bergen, Mountains and Øygarden. Friday 30. May 1979 at. 13.00 she from the market pier for the last time on track Goat Anger - Ramsøy - Hernar - Nordøy Sund - Tjeldstø. An era in communications history in the district was finally.
Vestgar were subsequently laid up, renamed Vestgar Senior and put up for sale. It was now clear for a new era in the boat's history.
The boat was refitted 1979/80 When filling Release AS Langevåg Ålesund. Lastekarmene was taken away, post office disappeared, and it was built a new exhibition on the starboard side. Its seats in the lower lounge was removed, lounge divided, and it was made a living room for the crew and a reading. It was also created two additional staterooms for officers in the rear of the salon palate down. The chimney was moved backwards, and upper lounge was extended aft and converted into a meeting hall. Later, also the mast and the boom removed.
Mission Boat "Peace Messenger" sailed along the Norwegian coast with gospel, and was one of the common measures to the Pentecostal movement in Norway. The turnout was large when Fred bid started visiting small coastal communities. People lived at this time on several small and often roadless communities along the Norwegian coast, but this gradually changed with urbanization. Fred bid stopped happily up at the small communities along the coast. Meetings were held and Bible hours, and evangelization in places visited.
Fred bid stood in 2007 above an extensive and costly necessary reconstruction to sail. In July 2007 bought Øygard Boats AS therefore Peace Bid, to preserve it as a veteran ship for the region as the last ferry was on schedule in Sotra and Øygard area. The boat was again named Vestgar.
Because of the extensive changes that were made when the boat went as misjonsbåt it is not possible to put Vestgar back the way it was when it went in local routes between 1957 and 1979. The boat will therefore always bear the stamp of their total history.
Yet the boat as far as possible restored to his time as a local liner. In addition to rehabilitation ogforskjønning is also mounted on the mast and boom.
Having obtained the status of protected vessels 2008 was in 2014 Vestgar conservation of Cultural Heritage because of its historical importance. This ensures that also future generations will have the opportunity to experience what role the boat played for the coastal population in the postwar period.
It can currently be difficult to understand how impact boats Vestgar had on the local communities they linked together in their time. Nevertheless, it feels as if pulling on a little journey through time when you board the boat where you get to experience what it was like to travel between villages in the postwar period.