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.
In 2018 Hawila became a member of the Træskib Sammenslutningen (T/S), a Danish wooden ship’s association which main purpose is to promote the preservation of old vessels, increasing the standard of seamanship, maintenance and safety, taking into consideration the cultural and historical value of the ships.
Hawila holds one of her inland roots in the old shipyard hall at Helsingør Kulturhavn. This is the place where her rigging is stored for the winter and where we use the workshop place. We are happy to be a part of the project supporting maritime tradition and believe in craftsmanship. This approach is in line with Hawila’s dedication to promote traditional sailing and maintenance techniques, respecting what is timeless and what develops our abilities, ignites feelings of freedom and capability.