Olaf Engvig, author, maritime historian, lecturer, coastal skipper, ship restorer and preserver.   The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VAERDALEN The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN

Olaf Engvig has published English and Norwegian editions of his new hardcover book: The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN. Read stories of the "Scandinavian Navy" and its impact on the U.S. Pacific coast, and two very different tales of two historic ships. Learn more!

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Here's more information on some of Olaf Engvig's maritime history publications. Engvig's latest hardcover book, The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN, is available in both English and Norwegian!

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Book cover Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, Wapama and Vaerdalen by Olaf Engvig.

(in ENGLISH)
The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN
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This great maritime history book results from Olaf Engvig's affection for historic ships and boats, the U.S. Pacific Coast, and his Scandinavian roots. Explore with him how the so-called Scandinavian Navy's lumber schooners and seamen were instrumental in developing the United States' western frontier by providing lumber to build cities. He passionately tells the varied and unique stories of the restoration and preservation of the WAPAMA, and his personal drama over decades of saving the VÆRDALEN. The book also discusses the use of iron in ship building.

The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN includes images, both in color and black and white, most of which have not previously been published.

Learn about the Scandinavian sailors, ships and some of their challenges in hauling lumber for the West Coast, plus an in-depth look at the challenges of ship preservation.
Hardcover, color, 195 pages, index, ISBN 978-1-5323-1333-2.


Also available in Norwegian (BELOW).

Book cover Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN by Olaf Engvig.

(in NORWEGIAN)
The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN
Price: $49.95

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Hardcover, color, index, ISBN 978-1-5323-1333-2.


Legends in Sail by Olaf T. Engvig, maritime historian.

Legends in Sail
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* * Email Olaf Engvig at olafengvig@earthlink.net for an unbeatable special on 10 copies of his book Legends in Sail. Perfect for gifts!

Legends in Sail is a beautifully illustrated book detailing the history of legendary ships whose reputation will live forever. They traveled worldwide, and gained fame for many reasons. Education, expeditions, film and adventure are key words in their saga. These ships set unbeatable records and helped discover the last unmapped areas of the planet. Even to this day they inspire all who seek challenges and new exciting adventures.

You'll start by learning about Roald Amundsen's 69 foot sloop GJØA that took Amundsen and his 6 man crew on their 3-year arduous journey of discovering the Northwest Passage. The ship then spent time in San Francisco where it enjoyed celebrity starting in 1906, and then a terrible decline from vandalization, fire and general neglect. Budgets, politics, historic concerns and pride eventually lead to the return of GJØA to Oslo, Norway in 1972.

More than 8 other historic ships are brought to life, including STATSRAAD ERICHSEN, CHRISTIANIA, TRANSATLANTIC, CHRISTIAN RADICH, LANCING, LINGARD, FRAM and MAUD.

Not sure yet? We invite you to learn more about Legends in Sail.
2013. Hard cover, 256 pages.



Viking to Victorians: Exploring the use of Iron in Ship Building.

Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building
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The two main ships and the longboat presented in Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building were built in the early and mid-1860s. This was a time when things we now take for granted had not yet been invented. Iron was key to this development. Simple steam engines, iron rail and steamships had been introduced, but almost all other inventions we now view as old still belonged in the future.

Viking to Victorian is a handsome four-color first edition, printed on art gloss paper. Contact us about personalized signed copies, or for special pricing on multiple copies.

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2006. Hardbound, four colors, letter format, 176 pages, index, ISBN 0-9655451-6-4. This book is an important addition to any private collection or library of historic or maritime books. It's an excellent gift.



Shipping and Culture: Norwegian Fish Club of San Francisco, 1914-1996.  by Olaf Engvig.

Shipping and Culture: Norwegian Fish Club of San Francisco 1914-1996
(Out of print)

Shipping and Culture sheds light on a little known aspect of ocean shipping. It illustrates how people from the shipping community in San Francisco helped promote Scandinavian heritage and culture.

1997. Hardbound four color illustrations, embossed, letter format, 192 pages.


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New Hardcover Maritime History Book by Olaf Engvig
The Ships that Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN

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