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Queen Victoria in Aurlandsfjord and Sognefjord

Photographs © John H. Luxton 2011

QUEEN VICTORIA is seen sailing towards, and berthed at Flåm in the first five photographs viewed from the MS BALMORAL. Though QUEEN VICTORIA had left Stavanger in advance of BALMORAL the ship sailed much further out to sea whereas the smaller and slower BALMORAL was able to sail north much closer to the coast and was thus able to enter Sognefjord and its tributary Aurlandsfjord well ahead of QUEEN VICTORIA. - The nautical equivalent of the Hare and the Tortoise?!

  

QUEEN VICTORIA had been scheduled to sail before BALMORAL but for some reason was delayed. By now the weather had broken and three hours of "mizzle" followed. QUEEN VICTORIA was able to get ahead of BALMORAL when BALMORAL sailed up Nærøyfjord for three miles before.

By late evening the sun had returned and it was just possible to see QUEEN VICTORIA a head in Sognefjord as both ships approached the sea. (far right).

 

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