Olaf T. Engvig, originally from Rissa, Norway, is internationally
known for his lifelong commitment to saving and protecting historic boats and ships.
He has received numerous grants and quite a few special awards for his
ship preservation accomplishments, including the Saint Olaf's Medal from King Olav V of
Norway and the Gold Medal of Merit from King Harald V of Norway for his work saving
and restoring historic vessels.
His latest book, "Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building",
has received excellent reviews.
Learn more about Viking to Victorian, and read reviews from maritime and book experts.
Olaf Engvig has a Cand. Philol. (graduate) degree in Maritime History from the University of Oslo.
In addition, he
- has a deck officer's license;
- has a CMAS 1st Class scuba diving certificate;
- has a US Army OGMS rocket specialist education;
- is a RNoAF lieutenant (retired);
- has a graduate Degree in maritime history and a master mariners license;
- is an experienced square sailor; and
- has written several books and many articles.
Be sure to see information on Olaf Engvig's publications,
and see details about his latest book, Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building.
This book details how wrought iron was used in Norwegian Viking ships,
STAR OF INDIA, D/S HANSTEEN, EUTERPE and other vessels of importance to
maritime history and shipbuilding.
This volume also includes an exciting account of Engvig's square sailing in his
Viking longboat HITRA across the North Sea, navigating as the Vikings without navigational instruments.
He also discusses various other aspects of iron ship preservation of special interest
now that TITANIC's iron rivets are discussed among maritime history buffs.
Olaf Engvig also discusses the use of Viking gilded vanes.
Engvig currently resides in Southern California with his family.