Nordlys (1873)

The world's oldest sailing cargo ship

Modern philosophy, sustainable transport

Nordlys was named after the natural phenomenon known as the Northern Lights. The ship from 1873 does not have an engine and she ships cargo solely with the force of the wind. Very climate friendly! Nordlys transports up to 25 tonnes of organic and traditional products such as wine, whiskey and olive oil between European countries. Nordlys, like the northern lights, leaves you with memories that stay with you forever.

Current position of Nordlys

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Satellite position of Nordlys

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Nordlys history

She started her rich life in 1873, this wooden cutter is the oldest cargo ship still sailing. She brought the freshly caught fish from the fishing boats to the harbours as quickly as possible. She was built on the Isle of Wight, south of England. Nordlys was fully restored in 2014 and added to the fleet in 2015. Five voyages across European seas she has completed in complete safety.

Nordlys specifications

  • Built: 1873
  • Rigging: Ketch
  • Length of ship: 25 metres
  • Deck length: 20 metres
  • Draught: 3 m
  • Cargo capacity: 25 tons/ 28 m3
  • Maximum number of sails: 8
  • Professional crew: 5
  • Trainees: 4

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