The Stadsbygd parish (Stadsbygd, Rissa, Hasselvika, Lensvik, Ingdalen) was home to many, many fishermen and also builders who crafted fishing boats called staværingsbåter (more properly called Åfjordsbåter) some still in use today. The rissværing author, Johan Bojer, writing in an unpublished 1958 letter, said he was following Lofoten speech (Lofoten is the prime cod fishing ground off northwestern Norway), which used the term staværinger for the fishing people “all the way from Bjørnør and in toward Innherred” (that is, from northwestern S-T to the districts around inner Trondheim Fjord). The style of boats from the region, staværingsbåter (more properly called Åfjordsbåter), got its name from this Lofoten usage.
There is a museum in Stadsbygd called Museet Kystens Arv (The Coastal Heritage Museum) where you can see these boats being built just as they have been for a millenium.
This page talks about two of the boat builders, Johan Arnt Olsen Leinslie (1844-1929) and Ove Jonsen Bliksås (1855-1916).
Johan Arnt was a
Stadsbygd native who worked as a fisherman in the winter and boatbuilder in the
summer. He built several boats, 24 of which are listed on page 631 of volume I
of Kristoffer Rein's bygdebøker. He used two of these boats, the Leinslibåten
(the Leinsli boat), built in 1871, and the Sions Løve (
Ove was born at Sørvik in Haltvikan (part of the old Stadsbygd parish, now part of Rissa). His wife, Nikoline Obertsdatter Pukstad, was from Stadsbygd, and in 1900 Ove and Nikoline moved to Bliksås in Stadsbygd, where he continued his boatbuilding profession. According to his records, he built 313 boats: 37 storbåter (big boats), 46 fembøringer (Nordland boats with five pairs of rowers when the mast was up, otherwise six), 57 halvfjerrømminger [translation?], 31 seksæringer (boats with three pairs of oars -- e.g., the Rein below), 96 færinger (four- or six-oared boats), 32 joller (dinghies or dorries), 9 fyringer [translation?], 3 vorpbåter [translation?], and 1 skeise [translation?].
One of Ove's boats, the Rein,
is at the
REIN was built in
REIN was built for winter cod fisheries at
REIN remained in the boat shed from 1940 until 1965 when it was moved outside and left to rot. It was later discovered, purchased and restored. In 1985 REIN participated in a modern "Viking-invasion" of
REIN was brought to
The 93-year old REIN is one of the oldest boats in original and seaworthy condition in
Staværingsbåter may be seen at the Coastal Heritage Museum in Stadsbygd, at the Norwegian Maritime Museum in
Updated July 27, 2003