The Boathouse was built in 2003-2004 and inaugurated by Crown Prince Håkon of
The exhibition in the Boathouse aims to give an impression of a typical
The Boathouse was built with financial support from the Icelandic Government, the Town Council of Siglufjörður, several cultural funds, companies and individuals.
The Boats are:
1. Týr SK 33, a 38-tonne oak boat built in Fáskrúðsfjörður in 1946, one of the many fishing vessels built as a part of the postwar government's efforts to boost the economy. Originally named Skrúður, then Hrafn and finally Týr, the boat fished from Sauðárkrókur from 1967 until she was decommissioned in 1988. The Týr was used for various types of fishing. She is displayed here equipped for herring-fishing, with two purse-seine boats.
2. Purse-seine boat bearing the name of the vessel Skjöldur SI 82. Pine and oak, probably built at Siglufjörður in the 1940s.
3. Purse-seine boat from Brávellir, Eyjafjörður. Its origin is uncertain; probably used for herring fishing in Eyjafjörður, 1950-65.
4. Sigurvin SI 16 was the boat of a certain Gústi, known as "man of God". The boat was built of pine in Norway, originally as a rowing boat, later motorised. Gústi devoted the income of his fishing to missionary work among children in faraway countries of the world.
5. Draupnir EA 70, a 12-tonne oak boat, was built in 1954 at Hauganes, Eyjafjörður, by Sigfús Þorsteinsson. She was initially used for fishing from Hauganes, and later from Þórshöfn and the Westman Islands. She is displayed here equipped with drift-nets for herring.
6. Purse-seine boat bearing the name of the vessel Einar Hálfdáns ÍS 3. Believed to have been built at Bátalón, Hafnarfjörður, 1950-1955.
7. Rowing boat of Soffía Jónsdóttir of Nes (Siglunes), built for her around 1931 at the boatyard in Siglufjörður.
8. - 9. Two harbour lighters. a) Guðjón Eggertsson's harbour boat, built by Þorgrímur the boatbuilder of Hofsós. b) Jón Björnsson's harbour boat, which he built for himself around 1957.