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Southern Actor

Southern Actor at Sandefjord Museum.png
Southern Actor at Sandefjord harbour
Name: Southern Actor
Owner: Christian Salvesen Ltd
Builder: Smiths Dock
Launched: 1950
Fate: Sold to Norway
Name: Southern Actor
Owner: Sandefjord Museum
Acquired: Unknown
Fate: Museum Ship
General characteristics
Type: Whaler
Tonnage: 439 GRT
Length: 158 ft 9 12 in (48.400 m) (LOA)
Beam: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Draft: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Installed power: Triple expansion steam engine

Southern Actor is a former whale catcher, currently a museum ship based in Sandefjord, Norway and owned by Sandefjord Museum. It is the only whale catcher from the Modern Whaling Epoch still to be in its original working order.[1][2][3]

Southern Actor was built in 1950 at Smiths Dock, Middlesbrough, England, for the whaling company Christian Salvesen Ltd in Leith, Scotland. Many of Salvesen's employees were Norwegian mostly from Vestfold. The ship was in Norway for maintenance in the summer.

In 1995, Southern Actor was fully restored, as authentically as possible in relation to the way the boat was originally constructed. That same year she was declared worthy of preservation by Riksantikvaren, the Norwegian Directorate of Cultural Heritage. Southern Actor is in working order and can be chartered for excursions.[4]


  1. ^ "The Whale catcher Southern Actor".
  2. ^ "The Whale catcher Southern Actor".
  3. ^ "Sandefjord". 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "1950 DS/Hvb Southern Actor". Museumsskip i Sandefjord.

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