HNoMS Nordstjernen

HNoMS Nordstjernen

TYPE: Steam corvette
BUILDING SITE: Carljohansværns Værft, Horten
NAVY SHIP LIST NUMBER: Serial number 43
CONSTRUCTION COST: 253 250 Norwegian rigsdaler included weapons
LAUNCHED: 19 August 1862
HOIST COMMAND: 20 June 1864


  • 8x 120mm Krupp breech loading cannons
    -Barrel lenght in caliber: L/25 NO1
    -Mount: Front Pivot Aftutaje
    -Placement: Most likely 4 on each side

  • 2x 120mm Bofors breech loading cannons
    -Barrel lenght in caliber: L/35 NO2
    -Mount: Front Pivot Aftutaje
    -Placement: Most likely 1 on each side forward facing (hatch in bow)

  • 2x 37mm Hotchkiss Rapid firing cannons
    -Barrel lenght in caliber: L/20
    -Mount: Pivot Fork in stand with fastening rings (should be wire strapped to the deck)

  • 4x 37mm Hotchkiss revolvercannons
    -Barrel lenght in caliber: L/20
    -Barrels: 5x
    -Rounds per minute: 35 - 68 (as fast as you can crank)
    -Armor: 5mm shield in special steel
    -Placement: Uncertain

  • 2x 75mm Bofors breech loading cannons
    -Barrel lenght in caliber: L/14
    -Placement: in mid-pivot shooting as a boat and landing weapon

Displacement: 1.632 Tons
Lenght: 65.5 Meter
Width: 11.8 Meter
Depth: 6.0 Meter

1x Horizontal single-expanding steam machine
-Power: 600Indicated Horsepowers 1 axle
2x Box-shaped tube boilers
Speed: 10 Knots (18.52 Km/h)
Bunker: 204 Tons of Coal

Full rigged, sail area 1,427 M2

Estimated crew: 225 Men
The size of the crew varied between 225 and 253 men during the various voyages

Hull material: Oak wood

1861: Launched the 19th of August
1864: Hoist command the 20th of June
1864: Participated in the Norwegian-Swedish squadron during the Danish-German war
1865: Mediterranean cruise 1865, -67, and -77
1869: Represented Norway on the opening of the Suez Canal
1869: Trip to South America and the Caribbean
1874: Trip to Iceland in connection with Iceland’s 1000th anniversary
1876: Voyage to America 1876 and -78
1894: Cadet tour 1894, -95, -96, -97 and -98
1898: Trip to the Mediterranean and the Azores
1899: Used as an exercise ship and accommodation ship
1904: To Ålesund to help with the town fire
1904: Lying by the quay in Bergen and used as accommodation and training ship
1940: Taken over by German forces, later in the war towed to Herdla, where the ship sank
1945: The wreck raised and used as a lifting barge, later sunk in the Herdlefjord (in other words the wreck is still there today)

I have not included the 1864 - 1894 amament, due to the cannons being muzzle loaders and yeah, anicent… but it is it’s latest armament that is the reason for the suggestion. I am also horrible sorry as some of the description of the cannon’s placement/mounting are incredible hard to translate

It is also worth noting that this vessel used the Norsegian-Swedish union flag for quite a while
This ship has a rich history after a long life in service and all the trips it made around the world

More about HNoMS Nordstjernen “The Northern Star”
At the shipyard in Fredriksvern, a separate Norwegian construction office had been built which Carl C. Lous led until his death in 1837. From 1834 he had the young but exceptionally gifted lieutenant Haakon Adelsteen Sommerfeldt as his assistant. It was a quiet time for agency ship designers, and in line with the traditions from Denmark, Sommerfeldt began a three-year study tour from 1836. It brought him to naval yards in Sweden, France, Holland, England and Denmark, and it gave him both insight and a network of contacts. Because of Loussin’s death, Sommerfeldt was already asked during the journey to make drafts for the paddle steamer Nordcap (launched 1840). When he returned home, he got the job as the Navy’s new ship designer, which was then added to Horten. When at this point it had finally been decided to build the first of the larger vessels in the 1836 plan, he immediately began the construction of what became the corvette Nordstjernen. The hull was built in oak and was about six meters longer - but only half a meter wider than HNoMS Ørnen. It thus became a relatively slender vessel, with a tall rig, and it gained a reputation for being a good sailor.

During the test voyage, the vessel reached 11.2 knots. Sommerfeldt must have been inspired by the then long-deceased Swedish designer F.H Chapmann. In his diary, he gives Chapmann much of the credit for the vessel’s good qualities. Sommerfeldt later came to be behind a long line of the Navy’s vessels, including HNoMS Kong Sverre. His self-confidence as a shipbuilder must also have been growing, because he published his own handbook for practical shipbuilding. Nordstjernen was also solidly equipped with 18 24-pound cannons and two 60-pound bomb cannons as initial equipment

in 1894 HNoMS Nordstjernen was rebuilt and all the old muzzleloaders were removed and replaced with newer breechloading guns

I am not sure if this vessel has any place in the game, but i am suggesting it anyway, if it is not suitable for the game, at least it could be a article showing this unique vessel

The 120mm breech lading cannons are not fast firing, but at the lower tiers this could still deal a lot of damage, ecpecially if we got more vessels like this. But a long reload time does not stop this vessel, the lower caliber cannons can fight off most of the smaller vessels, ecpecially with the 37mm revolvercannons, as those were higly effective at that time

HNoMS Nordstjernen as accommodation ship at Marineholmen 1940

HNoMS Nordstjernen from other perspectives



HNoMS Nordstjernen — ImgBB



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