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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
10,085 gross 1902 at Glasgow by Alexander Stephen & Sons Scandinavian America Line 500.8ft x 58.3ft x 29.2ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1903  Kristiania - New York   
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Mar. 26  New York  Apr. 08 First journey, about 1500 Scandinavian passengersTransatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  May 07  New York  May 17 Crossing the Ocean in 9 days from NorwayTransatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  June 18  New York  June 29 Transatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  July 30  New York  Aug. 09 Transatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Sept. 10  New York  Sept. 20 Transatlantc ID
 1903  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Dec. 03  New York  Dec. 14 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Feb. 25  New York  Mar. 07 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Apr. 07  New York  Apr. 18 About 500 passengers left from Copenhagen. In Kristiania another 302 emigrants followed of whom 40 from Sweden. Some 150 emigrants came onboard in Kristiansand. Arrived in New York on a Monday morningTransatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - New York   
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  June 02  New York  June 13 550 emigrants embarked in KristianiaTransatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  July 14  New York  July 24 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Oct. 06  New York  Oct. 17 Transatlantc ID
 1904  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Nov. 17  New York  Nov. 29 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Jan. 26  New York  Feb. 07 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Mar. 09  New York  Mar. 20 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Apr. 20  New York  May 01 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - New York   
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  June 01  New York  June 12 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  July 13  New York  July 23 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Aug. 24  New York  Sept. 04 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Oct. 05  New York  Oct. 16 Transatlantc ID
 1905  Nov. 11, 03:00 morning, on route from New York, run aground south of Anholt in Cattegat. Arrived Helsingør with leakage.Atlantic Journey ID 4918
 1905  Kristiania - Kristiansand  Nov. 23  New York  Dec. 05 Transatlantc ID
 1906  Kristiania - New York   
 1907  Kristiania - New York   
 1908  Kristiania - New York   
 1909  Kristiania - New York   
 1910  Kristiania - New York   
 1911  Kristiania - New York   
 1912  Kristiania - New York   
 1913  Kristiania - New York   
 1914  Kristiania - New York   
 1915  Kristiania - New York   
 1916  Kristiania - New York   
 1917  Kristiania - New York   
 1918  Kristiania - Halifax - New York   
 1919  Kristiania - New York   
 1920  Kristiania - New York   
 1921  Kristiania - New York   
 1922  Kristiania - New York   
 1923  Kristiania - New York   
 1924  Kristiania - New York   
 1925  Oslo - New York   
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges
The Hellig Olav had a tonnage of 10.085 tons gross, 6.506 under deck and 6.061 tons net. Dimensions: 500.8 feet long, 58.3 feet beam (152,63m x beam 17,77m) and holds 29.2 feet deep. Poop 44 feet long and bridge 176 feet long. The forecastle was 59 feet long. She was bult in steel, had one funnel, two masts (Schooner), 2 decks and awning deck. She was fitted with electric light and refrigerating machinery. Water ballast, twin screws and a service speed of 15 knots. Propulsion: triple expansion engine with 6 cylinders of 30, 50 and 80 inches diameter each pair; stroke 54 inches; 940 nominal horsepower. The engine was built by the same company as the hull. In 1907 she was fitted with radio telegraphy. She had a crew of 211.

She left Copenhagen on her maiden voyage, mastered by Capt. Holst, on March 25th 1903, called at Kristiania on March 26th and arrived at New York on April 9th. According to N.R.P. Bonsor (North Atlantic Seaway, vol.3, p.1240), there was accommodation for 130 first class-, 140 second class- and 1.400 third class passengers, but according to Thorsøe (DFDS 1866-1991 by Søren Thorsøe a.o) there was accommodation for 123 first class-, 129 second class- and 837 third class passengers. Both might be right, as she was refitted several times. In January 1922 she was refitted to carry cabin class and third class passengers only, and in June 1927 refitted to carry cabin, tourist and 3rd class. She sailed from Copenhagen on 6th September 1931 on her last voyage to Oslo, New York (dep 23rd Sept), Christiansand, Oslo and Copenhagen and in 1934 was scrapped at Blyth. The S/S Hellig Olav, S/S Oscar II and the S/S United States were sister ships. These three steamers were all built at the famous shipyards of Alexander Stephen and Sons, on the Clyde, Scotland. All of them have double cellular bottoms divided into 10 watertight compartments, and in addition to that they were divided from bottom to deck by 10 other watertight compartments. They also had bilge keels to insure maximum steadiness at sea.

First cabin accommodations on these steamers were located amidships on the promenade and saloon decks. The staterooms were of liberal size, and well ventilated. They contained washstands, wardrobes and sofas. Hotchkiss Patent berths were installed throughout, permitting the upper berths to be closed out of sight when out of use. The "Oscar II" had two "chambres de luxe", located on the promenade deck. These were luxuriously furnished, with silk hangings and draperies, and equipped with brass beds.

The first cabin dining room was a magnificent apartment, extending the full width of the ship. The walls were of polished oak and mahogany and the furnishings strikingly. Small group tables, dainty table furnishings and porcelain combined to produce a dining room of unusual attractiveness and beauty.

Located well forward on the promenade deck was the Music Saloon. On one side of the Music Saloon was located the Ladies' Saloon and on the other side a comfortable Library and Writing Room. Further aft, on the same deck was a Smoking Room. Numerous baths, showers and lavatories were conveniently located on the promenade and saloon decks. The cabin barber and hair dressing shop was on the saloon deck. The entire upper promenade and the forward part of the saloon promenade deck were reserved for the use and convenience of First Cabin passengers. Steamer chairs and rugs could be obtained from the deck steward.

The Dining Room, located on the saloon deck, was finished in polished oak, and in furnishings and attractiveness was comparable with the First Cabin Dining Room. The Smoking Room and Ladies Room were likewise furnished and decorated with the idea of providing passengers with every comfort and most of the luxuries of the first cabin. The Second Cabin Staterooms for two, three and four passengers were located on the saloon and upper decks, and were furnished in the same style as those in the First Cabin. There were also numerous baths and lavatories. Second Cabin passengers had the exclusive use of the amidships and aft part of the saloon promenade deck.

There was no steerage on the ships, as they operated with a third class. The third class staterooms, all of which were spacious, and well ventilated, were comfortably furnished with iron beds, springs, mattresses, sheets, pillows and blankets, wash-stands, mirrors, towels, soap and water. They were also supplied with fresh drinking water, and kept in order by stewards and stewardesses. They could accommodate two, four and six passengers, enabling whole families to keep together. Meals were served by uniformed waiters in clean dining rooms at tables set with clean linen and porcelain tableware, and the food was of good quality, cooked in the palatable Scandinavian style, served plentifully, and with a wide variety in the menus. Ample deck space for open air promenading and exercise was reserved for the third class passengers. Ladies' saloon, well furnished comfortable smoking rooms, barber shops and many baths were a few of the conveniences furnished to those traveling in third class. The services of a physician and nurse, and the facilities of a well equipped hospital and dispensary were at the service of passengers. The same standards of courtesy and cleanliness that made traveling in the first and second cabins were also found in third class. Women and children traveling alone were in the care of a special matron and stewardesses.

Hellig Olav - Scandinavian America Line steamship
Hellig Olav - Scandinavian America Line steamship
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Hellig Olav, Scandinavian America Line steamship - deck plan showing the arrangements for the different decks
Hellig Olav - deck plan showing the arrangements for the different decks.
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