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|Class||Antique and Classic|
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the Norwegian fishing fleet suffered heavy losses of men and equipment due to particularly violent storms. The fishermen worked on rowing boats in front of inaccessible cliffs, in a particularly hostile climate due to the cold and the state of the sea. The rescue boats were still set up in the same way as Viking ships, with rowing propulsion, which were no longer suitable for rescuing fishermen. The Norwegian Fisheries Development Society commissioned the Scottish-born architect Colin Archer to study modifications to the rescue boats in use, so that they would retain their traditional characteristics and be absolutely reliable.
Colin Archer kept the Viking lines, but modified them by drawing inspiration from the characteristics of the English pilot cutters, considered at that time the most reliable boats. He abandoned the oar propulsion, built boats with a very high freeboard, while maintaining the traditional Viking canoe stern, considered safer in stormy seas. The ballast was mainly external. In practice, these boats had to patrol the coasts, being always at sea in the worst seasons of the year, to save the boats of fishermen who, for the strokes of sea and wind, could not row to regain the coast. To tow the boats in difficulty were thus equipped with four large bollards on the deck.
From the name of the designer, this type of safe boats were called Colin Archer and continue to be built in Norway as pleasure boats, extremely marine and safe, large and comfortable.
Colin Archers were yawl rigged, with a rather large mizzen. The mainsail was not fitted on a track on the boom, so that it could be reduced quickly tricing it or scandalizing in order to stop the boat quickly. The outer jib was without forestay. Obviously they had to be able to sail upwind, since the only means of propulsion was the sail. The average length was around 14 m, the width about 5, and they drew about 2.3 m: the weight around 30 tons.
Nordlys is a medium-sized Colin Archer. The news about its origins and its history are not many: it was built in Larwick in 1915by Werft Lyngor. Giuseppe Tomei owner of the shipyard Tomei of Viareggio in 2005 that made a total restoration stated that the original frames and planking had certainly been assembled by a hundred years and now notwithstanding the enormous thickness, would not have resisted much longer. The boat was thus brought back to new by replacing structures and planking and maintaining the original icebreaker sizing. We know that in the '70s it was called Telstar, then Sathya Sai Ram and was based in Travemunde, in northern Germany. Eugenio Wolk bought her there in 1976, registering her under the Swiss flag, but based in Viareggio.
Since then the boat has had only two other owners, and its base remained the port of Viareggio. (Historical note on Eugenio Wolk: son of an aristocratic Ukrainian family fled to Italy after the Bolshevik revolution, Eugenio, became a naval engineer, great sailor, was commander of the raiders during World War II. A book was written about him: Eugenio Wolk "Lupo", Commander of the Gamma of the Xa Mas, edited by Bruna Pompei).
On Nordlys the maintenance and works have always been entrusted - both by Wolk and by the next two owners - to the Shipyard Giuseppe Tomei of Viareggio. The boat is still in Viareggio, at the Club Nautico Versilia in an excellent state of maintenance.
Strongly built in 1915 ,she underwent to a total restoration and reconstruction in 2005 by the renewn shipyard Tomei in Viareggio ,Italy .Plese see the images of her reconstruction in the photo gallery .
Up to 9 persons can sleep on board !
2 cabins, dinette, pilothouse, 2 bathrooms
Technical systems and machinery :
AIFO diesel engine 120 HP. New gearbox 2021
Water 1600 Liters
Fuel 2000 Liters
KOHLER Generator 6 KW new 2021
|Length on Deck||42.16ft|
|Fresh Water Tank||4226.75 gal ()|
|Fuel Tank||528.34 gal ()|