OSLO 6-Metre N17

Website of the 6-Metre Sailing Yacht OSLO

A Short Timeline

Early 1925 -  A new 6-Metre is commissioned from Johan Anker and the Anker & Jansen Shipyard by HRH Crown Price Olav, an avid sailor.  It is his first 6-Metre and he christens it Oslo, to commemorate the same-year reversion of the Norwegian capital back to "Oslo" from the former name "Christiania" given by the Danes in the mid 1600's.

7-10 August 1925 - Skippered by Crown Prince Olav, the Oslo wins the Norway King's Series Regatta, and is immediately shipped to New York.

6 September 1925 - The Oslo and her crew arrive in New York on the Norwegian-American Liner Bergensfjord.

16-23 September 1925 - The Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club (SCYC) hosts one of the first international 6 Metre team racing competitions, matching four American 6s with four boats sailing for the Scandanavian Sailing Federation: Gunn 2 from Finland, Althea (ex Satana) from Sweden, Nordug (ex Elisabeth VI) from Denmark, and the Oslo representing Norway.  The series on Long Island Sound is covered daily in the New York Times.  The American team wins, but Oslo earns several race wins and places second (by 3/4 point) to the US yacht LanaiOslo is the only one of the 8 participants thought to still exist.

Late 1925 - Norwegian magazine 'Seilas' reports Oslo sold to a Norwegian-American owner. 

1926 - Sister ship Oslo II is launched and wins its class at the Cowes Regatta.  Oslo II is also subsequently shipped to America, and is still actively racing in Puget Sound.

1927 - Oslo registered with Lloyd's by J.W. Finding of Chicago

1928 - Oslo's Lloyds Registration transfered to Frederik H. Scott, future President of the Carson, Pirie, Scott department stores in Chicago

1929 - New set of sails made by Ratsey & Lapthorn Sailmakers, US loft in City Island, Bronx, NYC, to an updated sail plan from Johan Anker

1929 - Ghost, a 28' sloop, is purchased by John Mitchell of Escanaba Michigan for $300.  "Grampa John" had  raced on upper Lake Michigan since 1923 on his sloop Venus

1934 - Grampa John and other local skippers organize the Escanaba Yacht Club -- which is still going strong

1935 - Oslo purchased by Dr. S.H. Baum of Detroit, Michigan.  Dr. Baum had a Gray's 4-cylinder marine gas engine installed and a small cabin top added.

1935 - Grampa John sells Ghost for $350

June 1936 - Grampa John purchases the Olso and sails her from Detroit to Escanaba, arriving 10 June.  The Escanaba newspaper notes that she is "...a sleek looking racing yacht of which the Escanaba Yacht Club is very proud." 

1936 - Rennovation and improvements to Oslo in Escanaba, including a new set of Ratsey race sails.  

August 1941 - The Oslo wins all its early season 1941 competitions, capped by capturing the EYC Midsummer Regatta by over an hour over Mindemoya.  The Oslo has now won races and regattas in three different decades.

1948 - Grampa John sells Oslo to Maurice R. Clemens of Michigan City, Michigan, to make way for the 44' Sparkman and Stephens 'inspired' yawl Lucky Star

1951 - New Oslo owner recorded by Lloyd's, Dr. B.G. Sunderland of Michigan City

1953 - New owner recorded , Eugene E. Hewitt of Michigan City.  Hewitt registers the boat with Lloyd's until 1957. 

199X-2003 - Owned by Paul Margetich of Detroit, who stores Oslo for planned restoration

2003 - Oslo acquired by the Congers, a Port Huron family that is active in 6-Metre restoration and racing.  The family stabilizes and protects the Oslo for future restoration

2007-2009 - The search for the Oslo begins with inquiries and web-searches

December 26, 2009 - E-mail from the Port Huron owner, simply and sweetly advising `Merry Christmas, Oslo is safe´

February 2010 - Oslo purchased, arrangements made to ship to  J. W. Swan Boatworks in Ashland, Wisconsin for restoration.  Shipping delayed until Spring due to snow, ice, and later mud.

Late May 2010 - Oslo shipped to Ashland, WI

June-August 2010 -  Further survey, preparations, drafting, and materials purchased

September 2010 -  Keel dropped and Oslo moved on to the shop floor

November 2010 - Keel repaired, bracing and station moulds completed

December 2010 - Rebuild begins; Oslo reframed

7 December 2010 - Oslo website launched, over 500 visitors in first week

July 2011 - Replanking completed; Moran family reunion and Oslo visit

April 2012 - Deck complete, coachroof mounted, hull fared and primed

21 May 2012 - Oslo shipped from Ashland WI to Escanaba, MI, returning after an absence of 64 years.

June 2012 - Oslo transported from Escanaba, MI, to Stockholm, Sweden (via Newark, Bremershaven, and Gothenburg)

 

9 July 2012 - Oslo Returns to Water in Saltsjobaden, Sweden

20-26 July 2012 - Oslo participates in the 9-Metre European Championships in Nynshamn, Sweden.  In her first race in over 60 years she bests several other 6-Metres for a respectable 15th of 18.

18-19 August 2012 - After a late arrival in Holland, Oslo takes part in the last two days of the Flevorce and earns second place in the upwind-downwind race and second place in the middle distance race in a field of 18, for her first podium finishes since the 1940s.

19 August 2016 - Oslo wins Flevorace Middle Distance Race, VKJS Classics Division, Muiden, Netherlands

 


 

 

 

 

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