Captain Eivin Lande on the bridge of the LOFOTEN earlier this week. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2014.
Hurtigruten ships, especially the 1964-built classic MV LOFOTEN, stick to a very tight schedule on their continuous passenger and cargo runs between Bergen and Kirkenes on the Norwegian coast. This morning, the LOFOTEN was an hour late on arrival at Trondheim, having experienced a detour at approximately 12:15 AM when the ship received a distress call and had to alter course. A small boat had struck a reef and foundered, leaving two people and their dog stranded in chilly waters. When the LOFOTEN reached the scene, veteran captain Eivin Lande launched a zodiac that safely rescued all three and brought them to the ship. All were well-tended to, including the dog, which was given three baths by the ship’s crew in efforts to remove oil from its fur. They disembarked in Trondheim this morning, shortly after the ship arrived at 7:30 AM. LOFOTEN will complete her voyage in Bergen on Monday, August 25, where she is due to arrive at 2:30 PM.
MV LOFOTEN unloading cargo at Trondheim this morning. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2014.
We’ll be posting a full series of Sea Treks and a Decked! feature about the exquisite MV LOFOTEN in due course. By coincidence, we were covering the southbound sailing of the LOFOTEN this past week.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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