The Story behind Norðlýsið   

The story behind Norðlýsið

Norðlýsið is the second ship built at the Tórshavn Shipyard. They started building on the 20. of april 1943. The material is canadian oak and the design was a sailship with a helping motor. The ship was delivered to the first owner on the 5. of may 1945. The day when World War II ended. Too late to participate in the dangerous but lucrative wartime activities for which it was built. 
The following years Norðlýsið was used for fishing vith both handline, long line and jigging reel. But in 1948 there was a shortage of bait and the ship tried fishing for heering with nets. This was a success and the start of the great heering fishing industry that was crucial for the faroes in the 50s and 60s. 
I 1956 the ship was sold to owners in Klaksvík and reregistered as KG386 Norðlýsið. The ownership returned to Tórshavn and the registration to TN24 Norðlýsið in march 1965.
In june 1984 the ship was bought by Aurora Borealis Ltd. The ship was renovated and got the scooner rigging it has today. The famous artist Tróndur Pætursson was primus motor of this transformation.
The ship has since then focused primarily on the leasure industry. Our primary mission being to let you experience the Faroe Islands from the sea. And what better vessel than a vintage wooden sailship?

The translation of the faroese name "Norðlýsið" is "The Northern Light". 


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