The Hawila

The Hawila

Hawila is a Norwegian 34 m long two-masted wooden Baltic trader, built in 1935. She was used as an ice freighter between Norway and Sweden until the end of the 1950s. After the collapse of the ice business, the vessel was left abandoned in a Swedish harbor until 1979. She was later refitted as a sail training vessel by a group of young teachers from the Swedish island of Öckerö, and used to sail with school kids until 2008. Hawila was then sold to a private owner who used her as a pleasure craft for short trips in the Baltic Sea. The owner got rapidly exhausted of the continuous needs for maintenance and the high running costs, and left the ship in disrepair in Copenhagen harbor, where he considered dismantling Hawila. In 2014, the vessel was found by a group of friends that started a large refit, and Hawila was donated to the newly created non-profit organization Hawila Project. When fully rigged, Hawila has 9 sails with a total sail surface of 390 m2. The Swedish state Maritime museum gave Hawila the status of cultural-historical value vessel in 2002.

 

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