The story of "Aglaia"

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The story of “Aglaia”
In 1975 a few people founded the Colin-Archer-Club Stockholm. They wantet to rebuilt the famous Norwegian rescuevessel from the beginning of the last century.
Mr. Colin Archer became famous by building the Fram. This ship was used by the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen to sail to the north pole. This same Ship was used by another Norwegian, Roland Amundsen, to sail to the Antarctic

In 1887 doctor Oscar Tybring asked Colin Archer if he was interested in the foundation of a Norwegian Lifeboat Association. Tybring had beeen thinking about the idea for years, but did not get enough support. Most people thought that the Norwegian coast did not lend itself for a lifeboat service. Colin Archer agreed with these people; most ships wrecked at open sea, not on the coast. Especially fishing boats often wrecked far from home, at open sea. Colin Archer told the doctor that he was interested in a Lifeboat Association that would accompany the fishing boats on sea. In 1891 they had collected enough money to found the Norsk Selskab til Skibbrudnes Redning. A year later Colin Archer built the life-boat. For this ship Colin Archer took his own designs and some ideas of other designers. The result was a narrow-ended double ender with a continuous deck. The length was 14.05 metres, the width was 4.6 metres, the draught was 1.94 metres. The ship had a iron keel of 7 tons. The sails measured 74.98 qm. On top of the mainsail, foresail and mizzen two jibs and a top-sail could be carried. On the lower deck there were three watertight departments, connected by hatches. The middle department was the cabin, with two berths, couches, cupboards etceteras. In the other two departments werde also berths. The pulpit was equipped with watertight bulkheads and a discharge. This prototype cost 10.903.43 Norwegian crown, including beer for the workers. At the launch in august 1892 the ship is called after its designer Colin Archer. The proud skipper Nicolay Anthonisen was highly pleased with his vessel; he praised its seaworthiness, manoeuvrability and sail-capacity. The fact that 35 more of these ships were built proves that Nicolay Anthonisen was not exaggerating.

Only three of these old ships are still here,

a very few Colin Archers were built about 1950, but they do not exist any more.

However, the Colin Archer-Club-Stockholm managed the to build about 30 hulls of the original RS1. Most of them very fast finished like yachts and a lot of them took there way to the Caribbean or Australia.

One hull went in 1977 to Hamburg in Germany. A salesman for clothing bought the hull and put it in a shed in order to finish the ship himself. It took him 15 years to fix some interior, to put teak on deck, built a small deckhouse, get the wood for the masts and sew the sails. Unfortunately he died in the beginning of the 90s without having seen his ship in the water. The sons tried to sell the half finished ship but it took four years to find a buyer.

In October 1996 the hull and the material was bought by some enthusiastic people who had the Idea of sailing with a traditional ship with young people, which normally could not afford sailing.

This was the time when the non profit organisation “Segeln ohne Grenzen e.V.” which means “Sailing without Borders” was founded. The Idea was to take part on the cutty sark tall ships race 1997 Edinburgh Trondheim Stavanger.

A lot of people worked for free on “Aglaia” to get it so finished to take part on this event. In June 1997 “Aglaia” was put to water the first time. The Masts were put on and the deck was finished. Although the people worked very hard to finish the 15 years work of the first owner, the less of money and the less of time did not get it finished to have a good journey over the north sea.

After that disappointing trip the “Aglaia” went to their new home port Eckernförde in the Baltic sea. After a while some sailors fixed most of the problems and we founded out that she really is a very save and fast ship as we sow on the races at Christmas in Flensburg. The second place on the Hiortenrace 1998 was a great experience for us. In 2000 then Aglaia was able to take part on the CSTSR2000. Unfortunately did the own organisation office not work. So the captain had to look for new crew in Helsinki, so 5 different nations were on board the 11 persons fitting ship to receive the next trophy in Flensburg for the fastest ship in class in both races.

Now in End of the year 2000 we are hoping to solve the big financial problems to get the Aglaia fixed for the race from Belgian-Norway to Denmark, there are no official funds where to get money in Germany.

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