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Gjógvarábáturin - Built in 1873 - The Oldest and Still in Use of the Traditional Wooden Row Boats from Vágur, Faroe Islands

Gjógvarábáturin is the oldest of the wooden boats from Vágur, it was built in 1873 in Nólsoy Island, belonged to Klaksvík in the Northern Islands the first years. Had two accidents, in one of these accidents 6 of 7 persons onboard died. At Ólavsøka in 1885 it was sold to Hans Jacob Hjelm á Løðhamri, a boat builder from Vágur, the boat had no oars, so he made them in one day and then he and two women were rowing the boat to his hometown Vágur. Today it takes two hours with a ferry, in those days in 1885 I can't imagine how long time it must have taken. The boat was called Stangabáturin, when it was in Klaksvík. The first years in Vágur it had the name Nordstjernen (North Star), but later it changed its name to Gjógvarábaturin, named after a river in the village. The boat is still here 125 years after Hans Jacob Hjelm bought it and 137 years since it was built.


This photo was taken on 5 June 2010 in Vágur. A boat association which is called Grindabátafelagið arranged a day where the old tradtional wooden row boats from Vágur were rowing and sailing with sails on the fjord, Vágsfjørður. Afterwards there will by traditional Faroese chain dance, singing Faroese songs and listening to music from the Tvøroyri Brass Band and from an accordion played by Pól Hammer (í Líðini), which is the grandson of a boat builder with the same name, who has built 3 of these boats: Hvalurin, Toftaregin and Sigmundur Brestisson. The boats are built from 1873 (Gjógvarábáturin) until 1971 (Dýrið). Most of them are from around 1900.

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Taken on June 5, 2010