With sail and oars

Boats with each own story to tell.

In Norway we have lived by the coast for eleven thousand years. The boat has given us a livelihood and made contact between people, hamlets and cities possible. The boat also contributed to binding the country together as a nation.

The boat hall at Hordamuseet contains 26 clinker built, open, wooden boats, with sail and oars as progress. The museum’s boat collection is among the most important ones in the country, with several extraordinary boats of great cultural and historical significance.

The boats in the exhibition originate mainly from Hordaland, but Sogn og Fjordane is also represented. They have their roots firmly planted in earlier iron age clinker construction technique, a tradition that goes back 1700 years here on the West Coast. Exhibition shows the process of learning boatbuilding. Not by reading books or looking at blueprints, but by learning from those who knew the craft. The transfer of knowledge happened from generation to generation. In order to become good at boatbuiling, one needed a sense of form, superior craftmanship, extensive knowledge of the forest and the materials and the ability to customize the boat to the user's needs. The main emphasis of the exhibition is on the diverse application of the boats. From priest shuttle to brugdefangst, from mail transport to regatta sailing.

The boat hall is designed by architect Øivind Maurseth at Link arkitektur. It is financed by funding from the Ministry of Culture, Hordaland County Council and Grieg Foundation.