S/S Dølen - A fresh water tug

S/S Dølen

Norway’s vast coastline is famous for its many great WWII wrecks, so why go wreck diving in a river north of Oslo? I did - and it was a beautiful dive.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012

Wrecks are most often associated with the ocean, and Norway doesn’t really offer that many fresh water wreck dives.

Built in riveted steel in 1909, the 65 ft. steam-powered tugboat S/S Dølen was never to taste the salt of the ocean. Instead, she lived out her days in a river at the mouth of Norway’s biggest lake, Mjøsa.

A reprint of an old photograph showing S/S Dølen laid up for repairs. The buildings in the background were to become the Mjøssamlingene museum many years later.

Dølen’s rather mundane everyday job was towing dredging excavators, which she did until the early 1960-ies when she was laid up.

Nevertheless, she was equipped with an elegant mahogany smoking salon - installed to accommodate landowners, insurance companies and authorities.

The VIPs would relax in a velvet corner sofa while negotiating the compensation after floods.

The rudder and propeller of SS Dølen is still intact, much to the delight of visiting underwater photographers.

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