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Saturday, 13 July 2013


LIV is one of the first two vessels ordered by the Norwegian Rescue Society (founded in 1891). She was built in 1893 by Thor Jensen in Porsgrunn, based on Colin Archer’s modified drawings from Chr. L. Stephansen who won the design competition for a sailing rescue vessel. LIV did her service in Northern Norway from 1894 to 1932.
During this period the statistics show that 132 people were saved from a certain death, 41 ships were saved and 1 338 boats and ships were assisted.
LIV was sold in 1932 to the local Sheriff H.W Hansen at Ibestad, near Harstad and used by the sheriff for his service and also for control of the fisheries.
In 1945, LIV was used as a ferry between Jakobsnes and Kirkenes, certified for 60 passengers.
LIV has participated in 6 Cutty Sark Tall Ships races (1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1997) with very good results. She was First 1 in class, 4 times.
She is seen here at Greenock while participating in the Tall Ships event of 2011.