By the spring of 1982 Vega lay abandoned in deplorable condition alongside a quay in Stockholm. With what remained of her rigging in tatters and half full of water she desperately needed a miracle to save her.
Historic Vessel Vega
Historic Vessel Vega, built-in 1892 by Ola Nerhus at his boatyard in Olve, Norway. Nerhus designed Vega to carry heavy concentrated cargo and also for trade in the Arctic. More than 125 years later Vega is still working. Since 2004 she carries free school and health supplies to remote islands in eastern Indonesia and to East Timor.
The partnership between Nerhus and Carlsson benefitted both until 1904-5 when the Union of Sweden and Norway dissolved.
Several reputable Swedish sources are quite adamant Alfred Olsson built Vega in his yard at Bergkvara for Johan Carlsson, of Degerhamn between 1908-09.
Outstanding among Norwegian ships of the time were those of Ola H. Nerhus who designed the finest jakts on Hardanger fiord, a place where the tradition of building strong swift sailing vessels was first established in the late 1400’s.
General manager of JOTUN Indonesia establishes contact with great grandson of the man who built Vega.
When we purchased historic vessel Vega in 2001 she came to us without a history so, we began searching. The image above shows Vega, 2002, in Ilha de Moçambique.
Blocks are a mystery for many modern sailors. So, since I had to refurbish a few of ours I thought I would make a few pictures to show how it’s done. All blocks work the same so even the modern plastic ones work more or less the same.
Short video by Oliver who sailed with us for 3 months. This one is a few years old but I thought you might enjoy seeing a little about life on Vega during our deliveries.
Traditional Chafe Protection for Sails & Rigging.
Boom crutches tend to take a beating so we leathered ours to save work. That one folds down when not in use.