Norway is justly proud of its seafaring past, a glorious tradition that lives on at this museum that chronicles the maritime history and culture of the rugged country, complete with a ship's deck with helm and chart house. One gruesome section focuses on shipwrecks. Many boats speak of adventure, including the Gibraltar Boat, a fragile craft in which Norwegian sailors fled Morocco to the safety of British Gibraltar in World War II. There's also a three-deck section of the passenger steamer Sandnaes, and a carved-out tree trunk is said to be the oldest surviving Norwegian boat. The Boat Hall features a fine collection of original small craft. The fully restored polar vessel Gjoa, used by Roald Amundsen in his search for the Northwest Passage, is also on display. The three-masted schooner Svanen (Swan) is moored at the museum. Built in Svendborg, Denmark, in 1916, Svanen sailed under the Norwegian and Swedish flags. The ship now belongs to the museum and is used as a training vessel for young people. Visits require about 45 minutes.
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