Saturday, April 15, 2006

Bjørsvik and Oster

Today's picture is from Bjørsvik, another idyllic little village by Osterfjorden north-east of Bergen. The steamer in the middle of the picture, alle dressed up in canvas for the winter, is "D/S Oster". It was the most famous of the small steamers engaged in traffic along the western coast of Norway and the last to be fired by coal. It was sold in1965 against large popular protest, even made immortal by the song "Gamle Dampen". Now it has been almost totally restored by enthusiasts and is the pride and joy of the area. The large wooden buildings to the upper right were initially built as a mill, than functioned for many years as a factory of canned sardines and is today connected with the salmon business.

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