"Oselver færing" from Hardanger, 1970
This "oselver færing" (river Os 4-oar boat) was built of pine in Hardanger, Norway. The very broad planking - there are only three strakes on each side of the hull - is characteristic of this type of working vessel. Because of their exceptional rowing properties, boats of this type were mostly used for travelling among the coastal skerries. They were also used as "market boats" for carrying light loads of farm produce, and for fishing.
Anne Stine can set a small spritsail and a jib, but the oars are the main means of propulsion.
Information about Anne Stine
Dockyard: Hardanger (Norway)
Boatbuilder: Einar Kollveit, Hardanger,(Norway)
Owner: The Viking Ship Museum
Year of construction: 1970
Length: 5.50 meter (18 feet)
Width: 1.55 meter (5 feet)
Depth/draft: 0.20 meter (1 feet)
Total sail area: 10 m2
Number of oars: 4
Crew: 2-3 men
Estimated maximum speed, oars: 5 knots