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Photographer:Marc Pingoud [View profile]Title:SILVESTREAdded:Mar 03, 2019
Captured:July 05, 2017IMO:UnavailableHits:328
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
Wreck of concrete vessel "MS SILVESTRE" (sunk 1925) near Tjøme, Norway - 05.07.2017
Position: 59°07'23 N - 10°22'28 E, good to see on Google Earth

Is there anywhere a photo of her during livetime?


Translated in English:
MS «Silvestre» was a Norwegian-built concrete boat, built in 1919.
During the First World War, a series of smaller ships with reinforced concrete were built as building material; one of them was MS "Silvestre".
"Silvestre" was a vessel with a concrete hull, built at Fougner Staalbeton Shipbuilding Company in Moss in 1919.
"Silvestre" had several sister ships: "Namsenfjord", "Nicanor", "Carlos" and "Andres".
The ship was built for the shipping company Magnus Blikstad A / S in Hølen and from 1920 Skibs A / S Maderas in Kristiania.
The scarcity of iron and steel during the First World War was the reason why concrete was chosen as a building material.

On the way from Son to Kragerø, "Silvestre" went on the Svartskjærbåen outside Budal west of Tjøme. Since the sinking in 1925, the wreck has been a landmark in the archipelago at Tjøme.
The wreck is easily visible from Tjøme, and is a cultural monument that is not protected.
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Marc Pingoud on Mar 06, 2019 00:05 (1 month ago)

Thanks David for the interesting link about ferro-concrete vessels! As a civil engineer I'm very surprised, how early this technology was been used in the nautical industry! Kind regards Marc

Remark: Please copy/past the full link into your browser:

in your browser, otherwise you will deverted to a commercial site
davidships on Mar 04, 2019 22:30 (1 month ago)
Rolf Skiold from Uddevalla used to have an awesome coverage of ferro-concrete vessels, organised by builder, on his Mareud website, now sadly closed. Fortunately most of it is still lurking in though most of the pics are now only in thumbnails.

The page on Fougner Staalbeton yard is still available, but unfortunately he had not located any photos of SILVESTRE. There is one of NAMSENFJORD on trials in 1917.

And here is a superb version of the same photo of NAMSENFJORD:
Marc Pingoud on Mar 04, 2019 21:36 (1 month ago)
Many thanks rarcand for this background information! Really an interesting vessel! Kind regards - Marc
rarcand on Mar 04, 2019 02:28 (1 month ago)
Found this about the NICANOR which was a sister ship of SILVESTRE.
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