of relevant websites in both English and Norwegian,
plus available photos, video & audio clips and other links.
boat builder's drawing
in Stavanger's harbor
Here is an
unofficial collection of online information about the authentic replica
of the wooden Norwegian sailing sloop Restauration that was
built on the island of
Finnøy just north of Stavanger,
Norway. It was launched at Finnøy on April 15, 2010, and
christened in the harbor of
on June 16, 2010.
The purpose of this page is to assist interested English-only
speaking individuals to access the information, photos, video
and audio clips related to this Norwegian-American emigration
project undertaken in southwestern Norway.
The Ryfylke Trebåtbyggjeri (Wooden Boat Builders) on Finnøy Island was chosen to construct the wooden ship using authentic period materials and methods. Their web site is only in Norwegian (try pasting the URLs below in to Google's translator):
- Photo albums from the contruction, the April 15 launching ceremony, and the Hanne Krogh Concert:
- To view more of the interesting and
beautiful Norwegian boats that this facility builds and repairs,
click on top-tabs and links on the right side of this page:
TRADISJONELLE BÅTAR (traditional boats).
The Christening Ceremony, Stavanger Harbor, June 16, 2010
See the following web pages from the Norwegian newspaper "Stavanger Aftenbladet" along with the warning that this is in Norwegian but the photos and video are great:
Norwegian local NRK TV clip of the christening with some
English language comments from the US citizen of "Slooper" Norwegian
ancestry who actually christens the sloop:
Stavanger's Emigration Center's English language web page related to the christening ceremony, plus the unveiling of a historic nameplate for Slooper leader Lars Larsen Geilane:
Photos from the June 16th Christening Ceremony
Photos by Jill E. Russell of Virginia, USA
Jill, a descendant of an early Quaker & leader of the original "Slooper" group, was on hand to do the honors of christening the Restauration II
Photos by Foundation Board Member Gunleif Seldal of Klepp, Rogaland, Norway
Photos by Lars Asbjørn Nag of Helland, Tau, Rogaland, Norway
Honored Guest from the U.S.
Jill Russell and her son Scott came to Norway to do the honor of christening the new replica. They also were involved in a dedication of a plaque honoring the early Quaker and leader of the emigrant group who sailed on the Restauration, Lars Larsen Geilane. Lars came originally from the area just south of Stavanger. Jill and Scott descend from this prominent historical figure. They visited some of the family's ancestral farms and met Norwegians with similar connections to these farms. The local Norwegian newspaper JÆRBLADET, published in the Jæren region (south of Stavanger) in Rogaland county , told of this in their June 25th issue. The article is available here in Norwegian in a 2.17 MB .pdf file (no English translation currently available):
Photos from After the Christening
Photos by Einar Slogvik of Tysvær, Rogaland, Norway
Einar owns the Slogvik farm on the Hervik fjord where original sloop crew member Jakob Anderson was born and raised. A strong supporter of all things related to the early Slooper emigration story, Einar watched as the Restauration II sailed past his farm on its way to the community of Skjoldastraumen where the fjord becomes so narrow that many years ago a lock was constructed to enable boats to pass through this area of strong tidal currents. This is also the spot where the fjord to the north becomes Skjolda fjord. On this day, the sloop had come north to participate in the local community's “Slusedagane” (The Lock Days) Festival.
4 minute tribute to Norwegian history
Sloop Restauration under sail October 2010
Video clip from Norwegian National TV's Regional Web TV's "Around Norway," Oct. 1, 2010
NRK, NETT-TV, Norge rundt 01.10.2010, Distriktenes magasin. Programieder. Eva Laukøy
Be aware that this video is all in the Norwegian language, and when the portion pertaining to the sloop ends, the video continues right in to the next local interest segment.
Background Material on the Restauration II replica & the original Sloop that sailed to the U.S.
2 part article in English that appeared in the "Norwegian American Weekly" in 2008 gives a historical overview of the original sloop and introduces the project to build the replica
· NORWEGIAN AMERICAN WEEKLY 14. mars 2008 (1,49 MB)
· NORWEGIAN AMERICAN WEEKLY 21. mars 2008 (669,57 kB)
On September 18, 2007 Peg and Keith Wheeler had the honor to accompany Foundation Board Member Gunleif Seldal to Finnøy to meet some of the other Board Members and visit the boat works where early preparations were underway to build the replica. Unfortuately, our new digital camera chose this critical time to have technical problems. All but 3 photos were lost forever. See the lower portion of this photo album:
BACKGROUND MATERIAL on the 'SLOOPER SAGA" - - - The WheelerFolk.org "Slooper Monument Project" web pages give much background and history on the original sloop Restauration and those who sailed on her across the Atlantic in 1825.
*Restauration III ? The author of this page was recently reminded of another replica or model built to honor the original small ship to bring emigrants to the US in 1825. It was on display at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul at the Norse American Centennial and was built by the Østerdalslaget. That organization died out in the 1960's, but a new lag was started in 1995 which encompassed all of Østerdalslag's area, plus 3 or 4 more kommuner. A new name was chosen: "Nord Hedmark og Hedemarken Lag." Dixie Hansen, President of Nord Hedmark og Hedmarken Lag has made available this panorama photo of this early replica with proud Østerdølers posing in front:
Click on above image for larger 684 KB photo
The sign on the center of the sloop reads: "Exact Model of
"RESTAURATIONEN" Built by ÖSTERDALSLAGET for Norse-Am Centennial."
Old records of Østerdalslaget indicate that the builders, "were not
proud of it, as there was not raised enough money to complete the
project. However the intention was good and it probably helped
marketing the celebration." Research is continuing to learn
more about this Restauration replica built in the US.
- the photo album from the
April launching on April 15, 2010, at :