The preserved iron-hulled sail-steam ship (seil-dampskip) HANSTEEN was built in 1866.
Built by Nylands Mekaniske Verksted in Christiania (later renamed Oslo), Norway, as a depth sounding and mapmaking ship for The Geographical Survey of Norway (Norges Geografiske Oppmåling, NGO). Named after Prof. Christopher Hansteen.
120 tons, 101 feet long, with a beam of 15 feet. Propelled by two-cylinder steam engine and six sails.
1867-1897 Carried out charting surveys off the coast of Norway, dealt with fishing boundary disputes with Russia, and conducted deep sea explorations.
1898 Sold to the Innherad Forenede Damskipsselskap and used in the Trondheim Fjord.
Sold to the Helgeland Steamship Company and renamed "Haarek".
1950 Sold to Florø and converted for accommodation, and first used for seasonal workers during herring fishing.
1962: renamed "Ivar Elias".
The ship was scheduled for scrapping. Olaf T. Engvig wanted to save the ship, but, failing to drum up interest, he took over the ship himself in 1978. Volunteers joined him, forming Veteranskipsreparasjoner A/S, a shipyard specializing in the restoration of old ships at the site of the closed-down Nylands Verksted in Oslo. He recommissioned Hansteen, and later donated her to the care of a non-profit organization in Trondheim.
The ship is currently (2019) based in Trondheim.