When the Norwegian sea captain Richard With proposed a regular steam ship service to link northern and southern Norway many saw it as unrealistic folly.
Originally intended as a weekly daylight service from Trondheim to Hammerfest, delivering mail, cargo and passengers, this audacious mariner then proposed to extend the service to travel both day and night, winter and summer. Richard With's intention was to sail through waters that at this juncture had still not been mapped, through a landscape that for centuries had only been accessible from the sea.
MS Richard With
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