The Jekt, Anna Karoline

Anna Karoline is the only preserved original Nordland Jekt in the world, and has a long and interesting history. In 1954, Nordlandsmuseet (The Nordland Museum) purchased Anna Karoline from the Angell family in Hopen in Lofoten. However, it took many years before the planned museum became a reality. Anna Karoline is a unique cultural heritage, and we are proud to have her presented as the main attraction in a building that honors the history of Jekte shipping!

  • 60 feet long
  • 21 feet wide
  • Loaded 90 tons DW.
  • The main sail was 14,5 meters wide, and 10,5m high
  • The top sail was 5x5m

Anne Karoline was built in 1876 in Brataker in Mosvik (Nord-Trøndelag), for Arnt O. Eggen, Oluf Nøst, and Ole Vandsvik. The Jekt was originally built with clinker planking and without a solid deck, but with a flat platform over the cargo holds for the transport of dried fish. In 1890, it received a new planking (nail planking) over the clinker planking. Therefore, Anna Karoline has both clinker planking and nail planking, and the clinker planking can be seen inside.

Anna Karoline got a motor in 1903, a 16 HP Kelvin, and in 1916, this was replaced with a 30 HP Kelvin. In 1908, it also got a solid deck. From 1929, it was used as a lighter for the transport of dried fish southward and cargo northward. In 1954, the Nordland Museum bought "Anna Karoline" from J. Angell & Sons in Hopen, Lofoten, and it was landed in Bodøsjøen in 1959.

WHY THE NAME ANNA KAROLINE? Anna Karoline is named after those who had the Jekt built:

From Arnt, the Jekta got Anna

From Kristian, the Jekta got Kar

From Ole, the Jekta got Oline


Year Description
1939 Nordlandsmuseet purchased the ship "Brødrene," which shipwrecked in Rognan in 1940.
1954 - 1979 Anna Karoline was purchased in 1954, placed on land, and built under a roof.
2011 Nordlandsmuseet and Bodø municipality jointly plan for a ship museum in Bodøsjøen.
2012 Sketch project by architects RintalaEggertson.
2015 Application for funding is sent to the Department of Culture. Approval for support from the state budget is given in October.
2016 Foundation stone is laid for the Ship Museum.
2016 First bidding process ends in the fall, rejected based on total costs.
2017 Revision of the project.
2017 New bidding process in April, construction starts in the fall.
2018 The Ship Museum is built.
2019 The Ship Museum opens on June 22, 2019.