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AARVAK

Norwegian barque in the North Sea Canal. possibly in 1892. The name reads almost certainly AARVAK and the homeport LAUKVIK. On 15th April 1892 a ship named AARVAK under captain Olafsen arrived at IJmuiden from Mobile. I don't think that this particular AARVAK is mentioned on the website sjohistorie.

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IMO :
Ship Type : Full Rigged Ship
Dim : Loa x Beam - 176,3’ x 36,5’.
Built in 1864 as full-rigged ship by Paul Curtis Boston Mass. USA as " FLEETFORD " for E. F. Sise & Co Portsmouth New Hampshire USA.

Tonnage : grt / nrt - 1.083 / 1.013.

1873 Sold to Pray & Dickens, Portsmouth New Hampshire USA.
1880 Sold to Ivar Hesselberg et. al. Larvik Norway,renamed " AARVAK ".
1883 Converted to barque.
1893 Sold to Joh. Janssen et. al., Fredrikshald Norway.
1894 Sold to Ivar Hesselberg et. al., Larvik Norway.
1897 Sold to A/S Aarvaak (Hans Christian Hansen) Porsgrund Norway.
1905 Sold 17/04 to Germany. Converted to a barge on Madeira Portugal.




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Thanks Bro, but is this the same vessel? Same info here: https://www.sjohistorie.no/en/skip/103/ The homeport counts 7 letters and is most likely LAUKVIK, not Larvik. May be stein can confirm.
 

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Laurvig, was how Larvik was once written. I feel it is natural to use today's spelling unless you are quoting a name or a sign from the time when the spelling was different. At one time Danish was the written language in Norway, since the Danes left it as been attempted to get the written language closer to how Norwegians pronounce the words. "Laurvig" is much too soft for the Norwegian tongue, and is today obviously Danish spelling.

But I am still a bit puzzled over the name of the ship. I would guess the name is equivalent to today's "årvåken", that is "alert", and I see it is once written AARVAAK, in one of the linked to texts. With the Danish double A being pronounced as the Swedish and Norwegian Å, this must mean that one other man has thought this must be the meaning as well.
 

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Thanks stein! Vessel identified as the 1864 built AARVAK from Larvik now.
 

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My question about the ID of this ship is not de name or so, but :
In his post Gijsha wrote : Norwegian barque in the North Sea Canal, possibly in 1892
In the first answer, Bro talks about a : Full Rigged Ship.
My money : on the pic shown she is a 3 masted bark.
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To quote Bno: Built in 1864 as full-rigged ship by Paul Curtis Boston Mass. (...) 1883 Converted to barque. That is: she was built as a full rigged ship, and I believe she is correctly described as such when the whole career of the vessel is listed, starting with the first owners. (Anyone who believes otherwise should use the opportunity to protest.) Photographed as downrigged to barque rig, and correctly described as such by Gijsha.
 

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