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Photographer:Tomas Østberg- Jacobsen [View profile]Title:FirdaAdded:Oct 26, 2007
Photo Category: Palletised Cargo Ships
OK! This actually is post nr 3000. What the hell happend?
This is where it started. On firda's sistervessel, at "birth" called "Coaster anny", it was the first ship i ever sailed on. We loaded paper at the now laid down union paper mills.
I was nearly six years old, and my grandfather, now departed into the eternal ocean, was able seaman onboard. I was about to come along on a trip to england and holland, just him, me and granny.
As me and my parents drove the one hour trip to skien, the stomach got a bit unsteady, i really really longed for this trip, but how would it be like beeing away from the parents?
Soon enough i would find out, and the stomach surely got a big bit more unsteady.
Arriving in skien, i immidiatly saw her. Then she had a mustardy yellow hull, white superstructure, and was the prettiest ship in the world, off course. When you are six years old, and nuts about the sea, it was heaven. But it also was a bit noisy and scary heaven, at once. Up the ladder, with my tiny tiny suitcase, and there grandfather stood! The deck was full of cargo, wood, containers, you name it. This was the final loadingplace, before departing overseas.
In the comotion it was nice to have a hand to hold. Thanx mom, for beeing who you are.
Well. My parents stayed until the ship had to leave, and i remember it so clearly, how sore it was, the first time i would be separated from them so long. Belive a couple of tears ran down my cheek, hehe! Oh well. I got invited up on the brigde, witch was extremly cool, sat there quite like a mouse for half an hour, then it was dinner! Chicken. I ate much! And asked politely for the skin, of those eating who did not like it, heeh.. Well. Soon we passed the brevik-brigde. I really remember that my parents had parked on that bridge, and that they where waving as we passed, but they both denied it later on.
It blew quite good. And as soon as we got outside the bridge, the damn ship started ro rock'n roll. And the chicken came up again in express-speed. Was sick for a couple of days, then it turned out nice! I had a new knife i could have in my belt. Somewhere there are a picture of me and my grandfather standing on deck, both with arms crossed, and me smiling allmost around my head. In england we where in four ports, i had the time of my life. In kings lynn we had to run like hell from city to port, the ebb and tide played a trick on us. I was allowed on a pub at the tender age of six, i knew some english words, and charmed the locals pretty bad, i think, hehe.. Well. the voyage home was special. Nice weather, and i sure enogh longed for my mother and father! They came and picked me up at the same place. The chef onboard cooked chicken in my honour. I must have been strange all my life, because i held a speech under that very same dinner, where i thanked everyone onboard for a fantastic experience.
Oh well. I took farwell with the master and my grandfather at the dock, saying (with tears in my eyes, again...)
"A sailor goes ashore".
Goddamn, getting chills inside.
I called the "coaster anny" "The pearl of the ocean" for many years. then new ships come. But i will never forget the coaster anny. Will never forget my grandfather/grandmother.

So it was very special to see one of her sisters again. The memories came to me! Thanx for every post, every pm.
Post number 3000

Forgot to link picture of coaster anny herself, here as:
Vessel Identification
Flag:Norway International Register
Former name(s):
- Folgefonn (Until 1993 Jun)
- Coast Narvik (Until 1986 Jan)
- Coaster Betty (Until 1981 Jan)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Reefer
Gross tonnage:1,364 tons
Summer DWT:1,426 tons
Length:63 m
Beam:11 m
Draught:4.7 m

Additional Information
Home port:Floro
Class society:Det Norske Veritas
Build year:1978
AIS Information
Last known position:
55°14’57.65” N, 12°51’47.39” E
Speed, course (heading):
7.7kts, 114° (113°)
Arrival:9th Dec 2018
05:00:34 UTC
Last update:
2 days 20 hours ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2018 September 12th, 06:00:03 UTCKalvaag
2018 September 6th, 06:00:31 UTCKlaipeda
2018 August 24th, 22:00:25 UTCMaloy
2018 August 14th, 15:00:10 UTCHafnarfjordur
2018 August 9th, 22:00:05 UTCFloro
2018 August 8th, 06:00:07 UTCEgersund
2018 July 15th, 12:00:11 UTCTromso
2018 July 5th, 23:00:25 UTCMaloy
2018 June 30th, 18:00:19 UTCKlaipeda
2018 June 24th, 12:00:49 UTCEgersund
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Capt. Hilmar Snorrason on Feb 09, 2008 20:35 (10 years ago)
Thank you for interesting story
I could picture you well onboard Coaster Anny but I was supercargo on her sister Coaster Emmy for two years. Coaster Anny was the vessel that was supposed to be chareterd to my company but just week before she was suppose to set heading for Iceland her sister was sent instead. These ships where special in their way as they where originally 20 meter shorter when build but all six where lengthened in theif first year. I heard the story that this was done to reduce number of crewmembers. Aftere lengthening there where not space for bigger crew so they got permission to sail them with only six crewmembers.

Thanks again for your memories.

Tomas Østberg- Jacobsen on Oct 26, 2007 22:14 (11 years ago)
One day, when we are rich and famous, lets buy a... Lets say 20 000 teus ship, and cruise the world!
The "Cornelia-Tomas"
Cornelia Klier on Oct 26, 2007 22:03 (11 years ago)
It's good, that you have to tell a story for your first trip. I unfortunatelly do not have any single interesting story to tell, as I could not travel before 1990 and then, well I just go, and I see, that while others have been, and are going to exotic countries all around, I am doing boring trip to the Baltic and to England.

Therefore, I do of course upload stuff and such, but I still haven't done the ultimate trips which would make me, make friends all over the world on this site here !! (and it's Maersk's fault that they don't take passengers on their E-class ships GRRRR) :-D :-D :-D
Tomas Østberg- Jacobsen on Oct 26, 2007 17:49 (11 years ago)
Thank you very much for the nice, very nice comment. Strange community this one, making friends on every corner of the world.

I salute you!

Marie-Anne on Oct 26, 2007 17:40 (11 years ago)
Congratulations Tomas with your 3000 post!!
And thas very much for this tearfull story. :cry:
I closed my eyes and saw you as a little handsom fellow!
What a nice experience for such a little boy.

I hope there will be many more photos coming from your hand. Your work is excellent and the stories you write are the best.
Keep on posting!!!

Marie-Anne 8-)
Tomas Østberg- Jacobsen on Oct 26, 2007 14:30 (11 years ago)
Thank you very much buddy. It went quick!
Yep, the first ship i sailed on. Special stuff...
Frank Behrends on Oct 26, 2007 14:32 (11 years ago)
:-? :-D :pint:
Frank Behrends on Oct 26, 2007 14:32 (11 years ago)
Hello Tomas, my friend :-)
congratulations for [b]post number 3000[/b]
and thank you very much for sharing this story with us.
Regards, Frank
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