History of TS Britta

This has been translated from the original Swedish version.

The year was 1956. In a small, small fishing port called Hällevikstrand on Orust, a boat was born which was named Britta after her owner’s daughter. Britta‘s task would be to trawl for long out on the big, naughty and cold North Atlantic. As it was a dangerous sea to sail on, the boat was built extra strong with high freeboards and one firm hull. She came to be built in the strongest wood imaginable, oak, and was equipped with a 40m 2 sail and 300hp crude oil engine.

After thirteen tough years at sea, she is being renovated in Skagen, and can thus continue to fight The North Atlantic until 1985, when Britta and the sister ship Sandö as the last boat in Sweden stop fishing for long.
Two years later, in 1987, Britta changes owners and gets the new name Singapore. New assignment: fishing in the sweet of the Baltic Sea water. After another couple of hard years, a gentleman in Grundsund buys the ship and renames her Stenskär. With the help of state scrapping subsidy, all fishing equipment is removed and she is soon sold on to Ellös where she under the name Globetrotter may act as a recreational motor vessel for its new owner.

In the year of grace in 1992, some ship-seeking founders of Uddevalla Maritima Förening found the ship in Hälleviksstrand, after which she is acquired and immediately renamed to her original name Britta. She is being towed to Kungshamn where you lift out of the old crude oil engine, on to Fisketången where also propeller and shaft removed.

Oil and water tanks are demolished, along with all remaining furnishings, equipment, deckhouses, decks and damaged deck beams. The hull is cleaned and impregnated, after which the conversion to a school ship begins …
Britta is built in many different types of wood, each with its own special and suitable properties; deck beams and details of oak, tires of norrlandsfura, submasters and booms of larch, top bar and forks of spruce, panel upholstery on deck houses of larch and oak. Under deck, collision bulkheads and machine bulkheads of steel and other wood shots coated with refractory plywood. Other furnishings are built in pine.

Proud carpenter shows off the solid wooden benches.

The men out in the woods after felling the future mainmast

The mast is lifted into place with the help of a solid lifting crane.
The sailing surface will be an impressive 350m 2 distributed on 7 different sails. The main machine will be a used, completely renovated one
Volvo Penta TMD 120 A (for propeller drive) and the auxiliary machine becomes a Perkins (for power supply).