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Former “Hurtigruten” Vessel Heads for Festival of Motorcycling
Royal Navy News
100-Year-Old U-Boat Prop Handed Back to Germany
Bluenose II to Sail Again This Summer?

The famous “Hurtigruten” service which operates in Norway from Bergen to Kirkenes and return, will be familiar to many readers of Sea Breezes. It has been described as an unforgettable experience covering a distance of around 2,500 nautical miles.

Hurtigruten” literally means ‘fast route’ whilst other phrases which include ‘Coastal Express’ and ‘Norwegian Coastal Voyage ‘ have also been employed by marketing people to identify what has also been described as the ‘World’s most beautiful voyage’.

The helicopter carrier HMS Ocean assumed the duties of fleet flagship from the assault ship HMS Bulwark on Monday 1 June.

HMS Ocean conducted a series of exercises and trials during the summer months including operating with French naval units. Then it was off to Poland to take part in the largest NATO exercise so far in 2015, Baltops.

A brass propeller from the first German U-boat to be sunk during the First World War has been given back to Germany.

The propeller from the German submarine U-8 was handed over by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency at a ceremony in June on the German Navy frigate Karlsruhe which was berthed at the Portsmouth Naval Base.

A sail was finally hoisted aboard Nova Scotia’s ambassador of sail, Bluenose II, on 8 June as the end seems to be in sight of her controversial “restoration” as training of her 18 crew begins.

Although budgeted for $14 million, it is generally accepted that the total cost of the project is already over $20 million, a figure which will probably rise after a $5 million claim by a shipyard is settled.

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