MS Polstjerna Ship, Tromso , Troms, Norway 

The boat, built in 1949, is by far the best perserved vessel that has taken part in seal hunting. The entire interior fittings above and below deck are original. The vessel appears extremely authentic, with the original sailing rig, the small hunting boats, tools and equipment still in place.

M/S Polstjerna sailed for 33 hunting seasons and brought home more than 97 000 seals. Its last year of sailing was 1981. The vessel was also used for Arctic exploration. Put in a protective glass house in 2003, the boat can now be admired as a monument to the important tradition of Arctic hunting in the history of Tromsø.

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