Olaf T. Engvig has authored numerous books in both Norwegian and English, primarily on maritime history.
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.
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 email@example.com
for an unbeatable special on 10 copies of his book
Legends in Sail. Perfect for gifts!
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:
The Ships that Built the West: The Scandinavian Navy, WAPAMA and VÆRDALEN
(THEMO Publishing, Ventura) (195p, fully illustrated).
Legends in Sail (THEMO Publishing, Los Angeles) (256p, fully illustrated, hardcover).
||Legendariske Skuter (Pirforlaget, Norway) (223p, color, hardcover).
||Gamle Dampen Rutebåter i Trøndelag Tapir Akademisk Forlag, Norway. (352p, bw ill., hardcover).
||Slepebåten Oscarsborg (tug Oscarsborg) Tapir Akademisk Forlag, Norway. (260p, letter format, color, hardcover).
||Viking to Victorian: Exploring the Use of Iron in Ship Building (THEMO Publishing, Los Angeles) (176p, four color, hardcover).
||Making a Difference: A Guide to Fundraising and Nonprofit Management (THEMO Publishing, San Francisco) (out of print)
||Shipping and Culture: The Fish Club of San Francisco 1914-1996 (Fish Club, San Francisco, 192p, ill.) (out of print)
||Skoleskipene (The Sea Cadet Ships) (Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, Norway)
||Innsjødampen (The Inland Steamers) (Adresseavisens Forlag, Norway)
||Gamle Dampen (The Old Steamers) (Adresseavisens Forlag, Norway)
||The Cape Kiti Survey, Hala Sultan Tekke 2, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology, Volume XLV (Gothenburg University, Sweden)
||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.