ØRN

ØRN came to Great Slave Lake via Vancouver, on a truck to Hay River Northwest Territories in July 2005. Prior to that her home port was Port Townsend, Washington, where she had undergone an extensive rebuild under the direction and ownership of Laingdon Schmitt. Laingdon owned the vessel since the late 1990’s when he purchased her from Lance Schoenberger of the San Francisco Bay area and the Master Mariners club there.

ØRN was built in 1924 at Skovshoved, Denmark, just north of Copenhagen, by the V.H. Nielsen shipyard. Evidently the name at launch was NEPTUN. The current owners, the Olesen family, who live on the far northeast end of Great Slave Lake at Hoarfrost River, travelled to Denmark in 2014 and at Skovshoved met and talked with Peter Nielsen, whose grandfather built ØRN.

ØRN sails in the far northeast bay of the deepest and fifth-largest lake in North America, Great Slave Lake. She has been in the far north for 11 winters, and has wintered in the ice for 10, and one year out of the lake. In the winter of 2016-17 she will winter at a haulout site on the wilderness shoreline just west of the Olesen homestead.

Design Specs

LOA:
32′ 
0″
Beam:
11′ 
0″
LWL:
28′ 
0″
Draft:
6′ 
Design or Class: 
spidsgatter
Former Name: 
ORN (Americanized version of Ørn)
NEPTUN or NEPTUNE
Home Port: 
Hoarfrost River, Northwest Territories
Designer: 
likely V.H. Nielsen and crew
Boat Type: 
keel sloop
Rig: 
sloop
Gross Displacement: 
18,000 lbs
Sail Number: 
none
Sail Area: 
800 sq. ft.
Number of Engines: 
one
Engine Model: 
Volvo MD2030
Total Engine Horsepower: 
28
Fuel Type: 
diesel
Builder Name: 
V.H. Nielsen
Location Built: 
Skovshoved Denmark
Year Built: 
1924
Documentation or State Reg. No.: 
registered in Canada
Owner Name: 
Dave and Kristen Olesen
Owner Country: 
Canada
Yacht Club: 
n/a
Posted on:
Sat, 12/03/2016 - 12:07am
Last modified on:
Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:16pm