© Ken Smith
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1982 by Mekaniske Verksted, Aker Trondelag A/S, Trondheim Norway (Yard No 827) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro/General cargo ship.
- Length: 108.57m (overall) 96.02m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 16.51m
- Depth: 8.84m
- Draught: 4.601m – 3.671m
- Tonnage: 4,072 – 6,257 gross/2,076 – 2,252 net/1,836 deadweight
- Engines: Two 16 – cylinder Bergen diesels
- Power: 4,708kW/6400HP
- Speed: 19.0 knots
- Capacity: 166 – 306 passengers
- Call Sign: LLNV
- IMO Number: 8019344
- MMSI Number: 258210000
- DNV GL ID Number: 13037
- Port of Registry: Narvik/Norway, Stavanger/Norway
- Sister-Ship: Midnatsol, Vesteralen
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June 1st 1981: Keel laid.
April 27th 1982: Launched.
December 14th 1982: Delivered to Ofotens Damskibsselskap A / S, Narvik, Norway at a cost of 159 million kroner.
December 16th 1982: Christened.
December 17th 1982: Maiden voyage.
December 21st 1982: Commenced service for Hurtigrutens between Bergen – Kirkenes.
1989: At a cost of $ 45 million, rebuilt at Motorenwerke, Bremerhaven, Germany with a prefabricated passenger section where the cargo deck had previously been.
Official Postcard (left) © Clemens Franz (right)
April 16th 1991: Ran aground on Smørholm Cut on Trøndelagskysten. Repaired at Fiskerstrand Yard, Ålesund.
1994 (winter): Refit at Haugesund mechanical workshop, Norway.
March 2006: Registered to Hurtigruten Group ASA, Narvik, Norway.
October 1st 2006 – October 21st 2006: Chartered to Norwegian Hydro as a hotel ship.
December 2006: Sold to Young Sjømenns Christian Association, Norway, for delivery in February 2007.
February 10th 2007: Final sailing for Hurtigruten before sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes.
February 21st 2007: Taken over by Rogaland Sjøaspirantsk M/S Gann, Hundvåg, Norway. Although categorised as a school-ship she operated cruises during the summer season.
March 16th 2007: Renamed GANN.
April 16th 2007 – April 26th 2007: Chartered to Hurtigruten for a single trip Stavanger – Geiranger – Hammerfest – Kirkenes – Bergen.
© Ken Smith
June 29th 2015: Maiden call in Dover.
Arriving in Dover 29/06/15 © Ray Goodfellow
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