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04-04-2014 04:25 PM

I had to go to Stavanger today to get my eyes checked after the laser surgery. Luckily there were a couple of tall ships tied up to the quay right in front the ophthalmologist’s offices. The first two photos are of a German ship and the third one is Norwegian, the ‘Christian Radick’ with it’s home port in Oslo. It has been used as a school ship for a long long time.

I took a few more pics to show you old Stavanger, now surrounded by modern buildings, the old customs building which was finished in 1906.

The photos aren’t the best as they were taken with my mobil phone,but I hope you enjoyed them anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 04:34 PM

Hi Mike
Very cool looking tall ships,I enjoyed the photos of Stavangerr too.

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 04:45 PM

Fine old ship Mike and that customs building reminds me a lot of the old customs building in Victoria on Vancouver Island. Usually when I compare buildings in Europe to those at home the European one is waaaaay older. In this case the one in Victoria is about 50 years older….. but it is one of the oldest remaining buildings there and is considered a “heritage” building. :-)

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#3 posted 04-04-2014 04:46 PM

Very good photos and wonderful ships, if kids had that school ship it would really be interesting.

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#4 posted 04-04-2014 04:49 PM

Thanks for sharing Mike. I was in the modern Navy and not so sure I would like climbing around on all of that rigging. A bit too high for my liking… ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 04-04-2014 04:59 PM

I sailed for a week on a tall ship (a school ship) about 10 years ago out of Victoria. She was the Pacific Swift. One of the best weeks of my life. I wonder if you’ve seen her Shipwright?

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#6 posted 04-04-2014 04:59 PM

The customs house is pretty new. When I first moved to Stavanger there were big cranes running along the dock, but they have been since removed do to the lack of freight business. Most of the boats tying up there now are mainly oil industry related vessels, some cruise ships, and a lot of privates yachts in the summer. I’ll try to get some photos of the latter this summer. They also have beach volleyball tournaments there in the summer. They just dump the sand on the quay and set up the court there. The Stavanger Cathedral which is just a short distance away is about 800 years old. I didn’t take a photo of that because it is currently covered with a huge tent and is undergoing restoration work. There is also a fresh fish store there where they keep live fish in the tanks which they cut up for you.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 04-04-2014 05:28 PM

Wonderful post! I have some very fond memories of Stavanger and Narvik. I sailed with the Standing Navy Forces Atlantic (SNFL) many years ago and Stavanger was a port visit. It is where the Norwegian sailors introduced American sailors to Aquavete (sp). I don’t remember anything after that!!!! What a beautiful country that is only exceeded in beauty by its wonderful people. Great post!

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#8 posted 04-04-2014 05:32 PM

Those are nice shots Mike. Any of those used for anything but cruises and training?

H-Mike, Climbing around in the rigging should be less challenging that walking steel carrying tools and material, but adding sea sickness and the ship pitching back and forth might make it a bit more challenging ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 04-04-2014 05:34 PM

Hello Stefang, thanks for the post. It is great to see the Christian Radick is still well. I had the opportunity to spend 3 hours on her many years ago. What a great ship.
Hope all is well with you.

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#10 posted 04-04-2014 05:38 PM

Beautiful ship! Hopefully they will still be there next week. I will be in Stavanger on Monday for work.

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#11 posted 04-04-2014 05:47 PM

Hi Stefang, was checking out your blog and thought I recognised the pics and sure enough the Christian Raddich was one of the ships that visited Greenock (in Scotland) for the 2011 Tall Ships Race. Only have one word for such vessels, MAJESTIC.

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#12 posted 04-04-2014 05:50 PM

When ships were made of wood and men were made of steel..

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#13 posted 04-04-2014 05:59 PM

Nice to look at, Mike.

I always enjoy going down to the riverfront here in New Orleans because you never know what kind of old ship or modern yacht might be in town for one occasion or another.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 04-04-2014 06:11 PM

Just in case you are interested, here is the histories of the Christian Radich, a Norwegian ship and The Gorch Fock, the german ship. It was interesting that the Christian Radich won the 2010 tall ships race. (Norwegian) (German)

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 04-04-2014 06:23 PM

It’s great to get all the replies from you guys to this post and also that some of you were acquainted with the Christian Radich and/or Stavanger. I spent 4 years in the US Navy aboard a small freight ship. I loved it, but I would give my right arm to have served aboard a real sailing vessel.

John Ormond I was saddened to see Folsom lake empty in a recent photo. I had a lot of good times there with my friends and my little Rockholt 16 footer in the 1950s. I hope it gets filled up soon again!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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