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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Olaf T. Engvig has authored numerous books in both Norwegian and English, primarily on maritime history.

Olaf Engvig's The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, Wapama and Vaerdalen.
NEW HARDCOVER BOOK - available in either English or Norwegian!

The Ships That Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN


Olaf Engvig has a new hardcover book entitled The Ships that Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN.

Explore with Engvig how the "Scandinavian Navy" (ships and/or seamen from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) helped the West Coast of the US grow and thrive, especially by providing lumber, through the Industrial Revolution. Envision what it was like to be a sailor on different types of ships in those days.

He also passionately tells the vastly different stories of the restoration and preservation of the WAPAMA, and his personal trials and tribulations over decades of working (sucessfully!) to save and then pilot the VÆRDALEN. The steam schooner WAPAMA had been the last lumber carrier and the main vessel on display at the Maritime Museum of San Francisco, today the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park. It was an important representative of the days when San Francisco hosted the Panama Pacific International Exposition.

The VÆRDALEN, 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.

Engvig's latest book with these stories of history, Scandinavian ships and their sailors is available for purchase in either English or Norwegian on this site on Olaf's Publications Details page.


Olaf Engvig authored Legends in Sail book. Legends in Sail

Engvig's previous sailing history book was Legends in Sail, 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.


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






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

Another recent maritime history book by Engvig was Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building, which enlists sailing adventure, personal heritage, and practical skills in an academic examination of iron's impact on maritime history. He uses authentic ships and cultural traditions to forge a new preservation methodology in a vividly illustrated, untraditional maritime reference work.

This book 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.

We invite you to learn much more about Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building, including viewing the table of contents and reading reviews.



Some of Olaf's major publications include:
2018 The Ships that Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN (THEMO Publishing, Ventura) (195p, fully illustrated).
2013 Legends in Sail (THEMO Publishing, Los Angeles) (256p, fully illustrated, hardcover).
2012 Legendariske Skuter (Pirforlaget, Norway) (223p, color, hardcover).
2008 Gamle Dampen Rutebåter i Trøndelag Tapir Akademisk Forlag, Norway. (352p, bw ill., hardcover).
2008 Slepebåten Oscarsborg (tug Oscarsborg) Tapir Akademisk Forlag, Norway. (260p, letter format, color, hardcover).
2006 Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building (THEMO Publishing, Los Angeles) (176p, four color, hardcover).
1998 Making a Difference: A Guide to Fundraising and Nonprofit Management (THEMO Publishing, San Francisco) (out of print)
1997 Shipping and Culture: The Fish Club of San Francisco 1914-1996 (Fish Club, San Francisco, 192p, ill.) (out of print)
1981 Skoleskipene (The Sea Cadet Ships) (Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, Norway)
1978 Innsjødampen (The Inland Steamers) (Adresseavisens Forlag, Norway)
1977 Gamle Dampen (The Old Steamers) (Adresseavisens Forlag, Norway)
1976 The Cape Kiti Survey, Hala Sultan Tekke 2, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Volume XLV (Gothenburg University, Sweden)
1975 Kontraheringsstoppen 1948-50 (Dissertation, University of Oslo)
1970 - present Several hundred articles and book chapters in Norwegian, English, American, Swedish, French, Dutch, and Canadian publications.


book covers of some of Olaf Engvig's books on ships, maritime history, ship building, etc.






Olaf T. Engvig     150 Chickasaw Street     Ventura, CA 93001
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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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