72cm handcrafted model of the...
72cm handcrafted model of the Norwegian Paddlesteamer, Skibladner - still in operation. Fully assembled and ready for display.
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PS Skibladner is a paddle steamer operating on lake Mjøsa in Norway.
Skibladner is a sidewheel design, and her maiden voyage was on 2 August 1856, making her the world's oldest paddle steamer still in timetabled service. Originally intended to provide passage from the train station in Eidsvoll to the towns of Hamar, Gjøvik, and Lillehammer along Mjøsa, she still operates the same route, but now offers scenic tours and cultural events during the summer months.
The ship sank while in winter storage twice: once in 1937 and again in 1967. After having been raised she has undergone significant renovation.
On 14 June 2005, the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage decided to make Skibladner subject to a preservation order. This was the first time in Norway that an operating vehicle was listed.
The steamer is named after Skíðblaðnir, the ship of Freyr in Norse mythology.