SS Hjejlen

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SS Hjejlen (Danish for The Golden Plover) is one of the world's oldest operational paddle steamers,[1] built in 1861 by Baumgarten & Burmeister, commissioned by a group of citizens headed by paper manufacturer Michael Drewsen.[2] She is used to carry tourists between Silkeborg and Himmelbjerget, but in 1932 she also became a public mail boat.[3]

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Hjejlen in Silkeborg, 2005
History
Name: Hjejlen
Owner: Hjejleselskabet
Route: SilkeborgHimmelbjerget
Builder: Baumgarten & Burmeister
Completed: 1861
Maiden voyage: 11 June 1861
In service: 24 June 1861
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Paddle steamer
Length: 25.7 m (84 ft)
Beam: 3.8 m (12 ft)
Draft: 1.7 m (5.6 ft)
Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Capacity: 165
Crew: 4

EngineEdit

Hjejlen's engine has two cylinders with a diameter of 10 cm (3.9 in) and a stroke length of 42 cm (17 in) each. The engine yields 40 hp and goes up to 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph).[4]

Hjejlen's 150th anniversaryEdit

In 2011 Hjejlen celebrated her 150th anniversary with Queen Margrethe II in attendance.[5] A commemorative coin was issued by the National Bank of Denmark.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hjejlen". Hjejlen society. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Hjejlen fylder 150 år" (in Danish). Hjejlen committee. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Hjejlen". Den Store Danske Encyklopædi (in Danish). Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  4. ^ "EMC Agreement Caps Hjejlen's 150th Jubilee". MAN Diesel & Turbo. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Dronningen fejrer Hjejlens 150 årsdag". DR (in Danish). 25 June 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Hjejlen" (PDF). National Bank of Denmark. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.