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Introducing the Telemarkskanalen Geocoin


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A new coin from Grenlandsmafiaen and hopefully the first of a series of coins with a theme from Telemark county in Norway.

 

Stats:

Size: 2"x1,35"

Thickness: 3,5mm

3D front / 2D back

Trackable at geocaching.com with it's own icon.

 

There will be 3 versions:

Antique Silver with soft enamel

Antique Copper with soft enamel

 

These two will be sold at hogwildstuff and geowebshop (Norway)

 

and my trade version - Satin Gold with imitation hard enamel

 

Antique Silver - front

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Antique Copper - front

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Satin Gold - front

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Satin Gold - back

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Some info from www.telemarkskanalen.no

 

The Telemark Canal and traffic on the Telemark Waterways

The Norsjø-Skien Canal with locks at Skien and Løveid is the elder of the two Telemark canals, built between 1854 and 1861. The idea of canalizing the Telemark watercourse was introduced as early as 1805, when political economist Christen Pram entertained the notion that to be able to sail up the waterfalls Klostefossen and Skotfossen would be a most welcome convenience. In 1831, Governor F. Wedel Jarlsberg brought to the attention of the government the need for improved communications between Norsjø and Skien. The construction of a canal at Løveid was sanctioned in 1844. Plans for the construction were drawn up by the director of the project, Engebret Soot, his assistant Waligorski, and the two directors Røiem and Johan Tullin Thams.

 

The Bandak-Norsjø Canal, also called the Bandak Canal was built between 1887 and 1892. The idea of building a canal between Ulefoss and Strengen was the brainchild of Axel Borchgrevink, manager of the Norsjø-Skien Canal, and Sætren, one of the directors. The motion was put before the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) in 1886 and construction commenced the year after. Fourteen locks were built along the 17 kilometres of canal between Ulefoss and Strengen, giving a total ascent of 57 metres (over 150 feet). The locks at Vrangfoss Falls are most impressive

and, in the words of Teknisk Ugeblad (Technical Magazine) in 1892: "a work of art which will bear perpetual witness to the skill of our engineers; it is this feat of engineering that will to the traveller be most fascinating and memorable".

The construction of the locks at Vrangfoss Falls and Hogga was both difficult and dangerous, but by June 1891, the canal was navigable by steamboat. The official opening took place on September 20, 1892.

 

Shipping on the Telemark watercourse

Most of the early traffic involved the transportation of stone from the quarries at Eidsberg in Lårdal. Regular steamer service was put into operation on the Telemark lakes in the mid-1800s. Before that, rowing was the only way of traversing these stretches of water. People could hire someone to row them, or they could rent a boat themselves. Inns along the watercourse provided accommodation for travellers. The longest stretches to row were divided into shifts. Transport between the lakes was either by horse or on foot. In 1851, the paddle steamer "Statsraad Stang" was launched at Fjærestrand in Solum and became the first steamship in regular service, operating between Fjærestrand and Tangen in Heddal. People were initially sceptical to this new means of transport that "smoked its way across the water", but their scepticism was soon replaced by growing confidence. In 1852, the paddle steamer "Sankt Olaf" was put into service on the Western lakes (Bandak, Kviteseid and Flå), operating between Strengen and Dalen. The locks of the Norsjø-Skien Canal (opened in 1861) were too narrow for the wide paddles of the steamship, so a new propeller-driven ship, the "Amtmand Aall", was purchased. Two other ships were acquired in 1866 and 1870: the "Nordsjø" and the "Løveid". The "Victoria", built in Oslo and put into service in 1882, is still running. She has been partially rebuilt and is now a popular tourist attraction.

 

Several companies operated on the Telemark lakes until the turn of the century. In 1882, a newly formed company launched the "Inland", an elegant, slender and fast vessel that gave the other companies stiff competition. The "Inland" was considered the finest of the Telemark ships and had the honour of ferrying King Haakon when he visited the canal in 1912. The ship was able to sail from Skien to Dalen and back in a day.

 

New companies started to operate on the Western lakes, and two new ships appeared. The "Thelemarken" was built in Oslo and riveted at Spjotsodd in Kviteseid, and the "Bratsberg" was built in Moss and assembled at Ulnes, near Strengen. The "Bratsberg" was built for Aamdal's Copperworks in Skafså and ferried copper ore from Bandaksli to Strengen.

Five shipping companies operated on the Telemark lakes at the end of the previous century, a situation which was not particularly practical. The solution was to merge the five companies into one, so the "Skien-Telemarkens Dampskibs-Aktieselskap" (The Skien-Telemark Steamship Company) was formed. A sixth company was also included in the merger. It ran one ship called the "D/S Lundetangen" (later renamed the "Gvarv", then the "Notodden", and finally the "Dalen").

 

The development of industry at Notodden and Rjukan increased the need for cargo boats, of which the first was the "Dyre Vaa", built at Porsgrunn in 1903. Several more came into use after Norsk Hydro was established at Notodden in 1905. The new ships were the "Aasmund Vinje" (1906), the cargo boats "Notodden" (1908) and "Sterke-Nils" (1913), and, not least, the elegant passenger ship the "Henrik Ibsen". Before the outbreak of World War I, this company alone ran twelve ships. In 1908, the steamship "Sand" was put into regular service between Skien and Skotfoss.

 

These earliest ships were fuelled by wood; people living along the lakes were able to supplement their income by selling wood to the steamship companies.

The ships had a first-class section towards the stern, with red plush-upholstered seats. Those travelling second class had to make do with bare wooden benches in the bow. Goods were loaded and unloaded using a winch. The crew usually comprised the captain, first mate (who was also responsible for collecting the fares), engineer, stoker and deck hands. Icebreakers were used during winter to clear lanes through the ice. The steamers often had to push from behind, positioning their bows in a special wooden block at the stern of the icebreaker and lending their steam power to the task of crushing the ice. By 1957, motor cars had become so common that it was uneconomical to run a passenger service on the waterways, and all regular services were discontinued. In 1961, however, the company "A/S Turisttrafikk" was formed, offering tourist trips on the waterways from Skien to Dalen. After undergoing a thorough overhaul and modernization, the "D/S Victoria" was, in 1963, brought back into service on this route. The annual number of passengers has steadily increased, and there are now several boats operating on the Telemark Canal.

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I like the coin you have here. Which of the boats is pictured in the lock?? Can we find pictures of the boats mentioned in the Write Up?? I especially like how there is lots of spabe on the back, where a Local Cacher could have it personalized with engraving(at an engraving shop).

 

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The boat on the coin is Henrik Ibsen

 

For more information on the Telemark Canal and the boats - take a look at http://telemarkskanalen.no

there is a link "info in english" in the menu to the left

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I like the coin you have here. Which of the boats is pictured in the lock?? Can we find pictures of the boats mentioned in the Write Up?? I especially like how there is lots of spabe on the back, where a Local Cacher could have it personalized with engraving(at an engraving shop).

 

Edit for Spelling

The boat on the coin is Henrik Ibsen

 

For more information on the Telemark Canal and the boats - take a look at http://telemarkskanalen.no

there is a link "info in english" in the menu to the left

Thank you. I went there, but will go back for the english link!!

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