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m.s Norskald visit Esjberg 2003

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The End of the Voyage
Moored along other vessels awaiting scrapping m.v Norskald Esjberg, Denmark February 2003
In December 2002 I received an e-mail from Terje Moen a shipping enthusiast who runs a ship photo website in Norway. He knew of my interest in Norskald and informed me she had been sold to a Danish shipbreakers in Esjberg. As I found out later the purchase price was 1.1 million dollars. He very kindly found some contact details for me and so after a bit of internet surfing and a few e-mails i made contact with Morten Smedegaarden. His family have been running a shipbreakers in Esjberg since 1960 scrapping fishing boats, coasters and cargo ships. Norskald was to be there biggest project to date.
Morten understood my passion for this ship and gave Dad and I permission to go to Esjberg to have a look over her. This we did in mid January 2003, it was very cold. We went on a Friday and visited the ship first thing Saturday morning.

Considering she was now 45 years old she was in very good condition with many of her original fixtures and fittings still in place. Some of the cabins were locked including Dads and the Captains which was a bit of a disappointment. In the Chief Officers cabin we found a pile of original shipyard drawings which covered the ship throughout her life and many refits.

Dad could still remember his way round the accomadation and soon we were on the bridge, here I found the last used Red Duster in the flag locker, I couldn`t leave that behind could I!. This had all been changed since the Bowater days but it was good to stand on the bridge wings and imagine what it must have been like thirty years before. When I climbed onto the wheelhouse roof i got the biggest delight of all, there on the funnel was the Bowater Houseflag, brilliant.

We then made our way down to the engineroom hear again it was an absolute delight. The engineers who worked down there really did look after her and I should imagine the older she got the more well looked after she was. We had been on the ship for about 4 hours when Morten came along and said it was time to go.

I was very grateful to Morten and pleased that I had taken my Dad back to one of his ships but in my heart I new that I had not completed the trip I had set out to do. I asked Morten if I could go back he said "Yes" so off I went again in March.

On the second trip I went alone just armed with a camera and note pad. This time all the cabins were open you will be amazed at some of the items I found and the pictures i took. Would you believe I found some Bowater china in the Captains cabin drinks cabinet!

A third and final trip was undertaken in May 2003 with my brother Robin, this was to remove the telegraph repeater off the engine. By this time the ship had been sold to a metal recyculer in Latvia, her days were numbered. Morten was brilliant to the last and kept sending me photographs of the work they were doing to the ship to prepare her for her final voyage. He even sent me a short video clip of her leaving Esjberg harbour. I will always be indebted to Morten, his father and his team of workers for there help, kindness and generosity towards my Dad and I.

The first of many pictures that Morten Smedegaarden sent me in 2002/03

Morerten andI in the Smedegarden office, January 2003

Mortens business card, the website is well worth a visit
Dad looking onto an old friend, Esjberg 2003
The following photographs were taken by myself or sent to me by Morten Smedegaarden between December 2002 and June 2003 I have tried to put them all in some kind of order either by various places on the ship or times when parts were being removed off the ship.
View of the ship from the Smedegaarden yard
Dad getting his first close-up look of Norskald
Although rust streaked she is still in pretty good condition for a 45 year old ship.
Here she still carries one of her previous names and port of registry also note that the aft anchor hawser has been covered.No sign of the Bowater houseflag above the anchor hawser.
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Final visit and departure to Latvia
On the bow you could still make out a few letters from her "Wimpey Sealab" and "Elizabeth Bowater" days