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Exhibition

The Sail Loft

Authentic interior

08. May 1985 - 31. Dec 2019

The interior of this sail loft belonged to the firm E.Berentsen, which was one of Stavanger’s principal trading firms and shipping companies during the 1800s. Originally the sail-maker’s workshop was situated in several seafront warehouses at Børevika in the buildings that today have the address Øvre Holmegate 12-20. The workshop was in operation right up until the 1980s and was moved to the museum in 1985.

In the exhibition we see different types of equipment used by sail-makers: work benches with templates and workbooks for the sails.

Sail-makers tools

At the front is a sail-maker’s stool with tools such as a fat-filled horn for storing needles, a sail-maker’s palm and marlinespikes used for rope work. Further into the room are other items produced by sail-makers, such as a “wind man” used for air circulation in a ship's cargo hold.

Right at the back of the room hangs the “vinna”, a windlass that was used to lift and lower goods from the loft.