FolkestoneJack's Tracks

Summer school

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on July 30, 2014

The Norwegian school ship MS Gann arrived in London yesterday on a tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission, which was established in 1864 to look after the moral and religious wellbeing of Norwegian seafarers whilst they were far from home. Today, the mission provides a link with home for Norwegians travelling internationally, with 31 churches located around the world in locations as far flung as Rio de Janeiro and Geoje, South Korea.

MS Gann visits London on a cruise to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian Seamen's Mission

MS Gann visits London on a cruise to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission

This cruise has seen MS Gann sail from Norway to Aberdeen, the location of one of the mission’s newest churches, before heading on to Leith, which was the location of the very first church. The ship arrived in London early yesterday afternoon ahead of evensong at Southwark Cathedral and celebrations at St Olav’s Norwegian church in Rotherhithe. After leaving London later today the cruise will stop at Rotterdam (whose Norwegian church is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014) and Hamburg before returning to Stavanger.

In her former life MS Gann was a Hurtigruten passenger ferry (under the name of MS Narvik) from 1982 until 2007, sailing the coastline of Norway. The school ship provides 120 students with a maritime education and is a popular option – many more apply than can be accomodated. The whole operation is part funded by the Norwegian state and part funded by the running of cruises (such as this one) during the summer months.

The ship departs London this afternoon and is scheduled to pass through Tower Bridge at 3.15pm.

Gallery

Advertisements
Tagged with:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: