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Lake Mjosa, Norway
Kong Oscar

Kong Oscar was built in 1857 just on the heels of Skibladner for the railway company which competed with the local steamboat company which owned Skibladner. After forty years it came under local ownership, was painted white and played second fiddle to the larger Skibladner. Kong Oscar was withdrawn from service in 1915 but went on to have a remarkable a new
life on the lake. She was refitted as a luxury floating (and operating) hotel, moving around the lake on cruises lasting a week in some cases. An early example of such a cruise vessel. Her life ended with demolition in 1830

Image : Post card sold aboard the vessel
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