Olaf T. Engvig, originally from Rissa, Norway,
holds a graduate degree in maritime history from the University of Oslo.
He 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.
2015 Outstanding Scandinavian American Award
The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation has awarded Olaf Engvig the 2015 Outstanding Scandinavian American Award! They cite his "dedication to the restoration and preservation of
historic Norwegian ships and boats, and to [his] efforts to document and disseminate Scandinavian maritime history through books and magazine articles [he has] written."
You can read Elaine Williams' letter that informed Olaf Engvig of his award.
Plus, you can
see the invitation to the Outstanding Scandinavian American Award event.
The Ships that Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, Wapama and Vaerdalen
After completing the
restoration of the VÆRDALEN in 2015,
Olaf Engvig worked hard to finish a long-awaited e-book on the
Scandinavian Navy on the Pacific Coast, including the story of the ship's sailing history and Olaf's decades-long quest to
salvage and restore the hybrid ship, the VÆRDALEN.
The VAERDALEN, a hybrid ship with a sail and a small steam engine driving the propeller, is now the sole survivor representing the famed fleet of lumber carriers named the Scandinavian Navy.
about Engvig's brand new Kindle e-book with these stories of history, Scandinavian ships and their sailors.
Legends in Sail
For the first time, the stories of some of the world's
most famous ships are published in English. The memory
of Norway's great days in sail has faded due to language
issues. Almost none of this information has been available
internationally, until now.
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. They 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.
We invite you to learn more about Legends in Sail, Olaf T. Engvig's latest book about sailing ships and maritime history.
Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building
Engvig's previous book, Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building,
details how wrought iron was used in Norwegian Viking ships, as well as ships built from
iron, such as the STAR OF INDIA, S/S HANSTEEN, FALLS OF CLYDE, ELISSA, AF CHAPMAN
and many other vessels of importance to maritime history and shipbuilding.
This volume on ship building also includes an exciting account of Engvig's square sailing in his
Viking longboat HITRA across the North Sea, navigating as the Vikings did, without modern navigational instruments.
Additionally, he explores various other aspects of iron ship preservation of special interest,
especially now that TITANIC's iron rivets are discussed among maritime history buffs.
Engvig sheds light on the use of Viking gilden vanes and that the Vikings set up
shipyards in America a thousand years ago.
Learn more about
"Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building", 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
Olaf Engvig currently resides in Southern California with his family.
- 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.