The Steamship Oster moored outside the whaler
Southern Actor at quay in Gothenburg.
The story of Steamship Oster begins when the city of Modalen at the beginning
of the previous century was plagued with winter insulation, when the old ship
failed to break the ice into Mostraumen and into Mofjorden. The Commune told
Indre Nordhordlandske Dampskibsselskab that it had to build a new ship with a
strong hull and powerful engine that could break the winter insulation of the
municipality. Although she failed to get to the pier at Mo, she managed to make
her way to a safe ice edge, so that goods could be unloaded and passengers
could walk ashore.
Steamship Oster was a reliable and popular ship and she had
only two captains for the first forty-four years. It was evident that those who
signed on stayed aboard until they retired.
The ship was confiscated and use by the Germans during the the Second World
War, but after the war she was repaired and sailed on her routes until she
became the only coal-fired steamer in the port of Bergen.
room aboard Steamship Oster
The top of the Steamship Oster triple expansion engine. In a
steam engine provided with Stephenson's link-motion are cylinders and
chests always in a straight line.
From the top:
the low pressure cylinder,
the low pressure steam-chest,
the intermediate pressure cylinder,
the intermediate pressure steam-chest,
the high pressure cylinder,
the high pressure steam-chest, the latter is provided with a
piston slide valve, hardly visible on the picture.