Archive for the ‘Bergen’ Tag
After a very long rig move starting in Norway and ending in Invergordon with cruising around the North Sea in between, I’ve finally managed to get in front on my mac and post, I’m having a bit of bloggers block at the moment, of course I’m still snapping away but because of my restrictions I can’t post any of them, unless of course I work again with the Viking ships.
Another great company Transocean Aberdeen has given me the permission to post about them as long as I get the ok from head office, but as yet I haven’t had a reply from them.
Anyway back to Norway, a country that is stunning in so many ways, after my last post through a taxi window I thought I would do better this time, sailing out through the Fjords I was sure I would get some decent shots, instead we got fog, nothing but damp think fog, and when it did finally clear it was the middle of the night, the next morning it was clear blue sky but nothing to see but sea.
So this was all I could manage.
When I get back from a Rig move, I normally say how well it went and how hard I worked 😉 but on this occasion I can’t do either, it was one of those, ‘quick get out there as soon as you can jobs’ which isn’t uncommon in this line of work. For some of us only a couple of hours notice and we were on our way, the three of us met up at Heathrow terminal five and after some breakfast we were on a plane to Bergen in Norway. An hour long taxi ride through tunnels and over a bridge we arrived at the Rig, once dressed in full PPE we climbed the 87 steps up the leg, luckily our bags were craned up, once we got our breath back and were assigned our cabins we went to mob our equipment to find out it was all ready to go, all we did was turn it on and do all our checks, what a result!
The time for the move to start came and went several times in the next week until we were told it wasn’t going to happen and we could all go home, a bit disappointed but if you are going to spend a week chilling on a Rig, you can’t beat Norway. I even managed to get a few photos out of the window of the taxi on the way back to the airport.
Have a great weekend.
Here are two mistakes I made and which would normally be in the trash by now, but then I thought, Hey you learn by your mistakes.
The first is pushing the button by accident, I was on deck late at night to try and capture this Platform we were moving along side, I knelt down to steady myself against a hand rail, took the shot, as I was attempting to get back on my feet I clicked the button, as it worked out it was better than the first shot.
The second is moving out of a cool air-conditioned room and into the heat of a summer night in Israel, then taking a shot of a AHV towing us with my lens fogged up, I could see this through my view finder but thought I’d give it a go.
“And bad mistakes, I’ve made a few” Queen-We Are The Champions.
I don’t normally blog twice in one day but I just had to. You see, I’m 37000 feet in the air on a Norwegian airlines 737 heading towards Bergen.This is the second flight I’ve been on lately that has had wifi (the first time I didn’t use it, I was asleep) so I just had to try it out. The photo is from my last flight to Bergen.
One more thing! I got my 200th follower today, whoop whoop so a big thanks to you all, you know who you are.
Sorry about that, I can’t believe I’m off again, I’ve only been home 6 days, oh well nature of the job I suppose.
This is a shot taken landing at Bergen airport, Norway, which is where I will be landing tomorrow, then off for another rig move, not sure for how long or if there will be wifi onboard so please bear with me, the proceeds from the selling of my photo’s lately will be going toward the purchase of a new MacBook Pro, so if I keep selling photo’s at the same rate I should have one in 27 years, no need for wifi just plug it in and keep posting.
Have a great weekend.
As we leave Bergen and head toward open water we pass a lot of vessels of different shapes and sizes, this one caught my eye, she is a Norwegian vintage steamship SS Stord I and was built as Stord in 1913 and has a bit of a history.
The vessel sailed in regular traffic from 1913 to 1969. Stord I is a typical representative of the local passenger steamers built for operating between Stavanger-Sunnhordland-Hardanger and Bergen.
In 1931, Stord I was rebuilt and modernised.
In 1949 she was again rebuilt as a motorship with the installation of two, 12-cylinder Paxman-Ricardo diesels.
In 1969 she was sold to Oslo Krets av det Blå Kors and renamed MV O T. Moe. She was berthed in Oslo as floating welfare centre for alcoholics.
In 1980 she was sold to Norsk Veteranskibsklub and transferred to Veteranskipslaget Fjordabåten, Bergen with a view to preservation. She was restored to 1931-condition, including the installation of engines from a 1942 steam-driven British vessel. Technical trials were run. Gutted by fire en route from Sunnhordland to Bergen on 20 May 1987.
The ship was again restored by Veteranskipslaget Fjordabåten.
Anyone notice the 3 people outside the house on the left waving at me.
Here is the same ship I managed to photograph over 40 years ago. (or just processed with Snapseed)
I couldn’t leave out the last house. Have a great weekend.
The last in this set of Bergen Buildings, as you can see the further we traveled out of town the more rundown the buildings became, still great colours, but this one is more rust and flaking paint, sits in well with the landscape though.
Follow on from yesterdays post, more of the old style buildings we pass as we head out to sea. The sun was getting low and lit up these two building nicely, I’m so glad the Norwegians like these bright earthy colours, they go so well with the surrounding countryside.
This is a follow on from the Hanseatic Wharf group of photo’s I took in Bergen, Norway. This is the opposite side of the harbour, not as old as Hanseatic wharf but just as colourful and built in the traditional way with overlapping pine weatherboard. I’m surprised so many of them are still standing with the amount of cigarettes these Norwegians smoke. Hope you enjoy, now some facts.
The city of Bergen was traditionally thought to have been founded by King Olav Kyrre, son of Harald Hardråde in 1070 AD, four years after the Viking Age ended. Modern research has, however, discovered that a trading settlement was established already during the 1020s or 1030s. It is considered to have replaced Trondheim as Norway’s capital in 1217, and that Oslo became the de jure capital in 1299. Towards the end of the 13th century, Bergen became one of the Hanseatic League’s most important bureau cities.
The main reason for Bergen’s importance was the trade with dried cod from the northern Norwegian coast, which started around 1100. By the late 14th century, Bergen had established itself as the centre of the trade in Norway. The Hanseatic merchants lived in their own separate quarter of town, where Middle Saxon was used, enjoying exclusive rights to trade with the northern fishermen that each summer sailed to Bergen. Today, Bergen’s old quayside, Bryggenis on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Site.