Oselven

Oselver tolværing (river Os 12-oars boat) from Os, Norway, 1999

Boats similar to, but a bit smaller than, the "Oselver tolværing" (river Os 12-oar boat), were used up to about 1900 for fishing cod with nets on the open sea off Western Norway. They were so fast and seaworthy that they could almost always reach the lee of land before storms gathered. Oselven was built by Harald Dalland in Os in 1999 specially for sailing with schoolchildren on Roskilde Fjord. The garboard strake is more horizontal on Oselven than it is on Bjørnefjord. This makes Oselven the more seaworthy boat on open seas, while Bjørnefjord is better suited to calmer waters.

Information about Oselven

Dockyard: Oselvarverkstaden, Os (Norway)
Boatbuilder: Harald Dalland, Niels-Olav Solbakken
Owner: Vikingeskibsmuseet
Year of construction: 1999


Length: 10.20 meter (33 feet)
Width: 2.60 meter (9 feet)
Depth/draft: 0.50 meter (2 feet)
Total sail area: 25 m2
Number of oars: 12
Crew: 8-13 men
Estimated maximum speed, sail: 11 knots
Estimated maximum speed, oars: 5 knots