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- a shipyard from the time of the tall ships


Welcome to Bratteklev Shipyard at Tromøya, just outside Arendal. The maritime heritage of the southern region of Norway is rich. Since the 16th century the sailing routes from and past these shores has been closely knit to international trade and the European urban centers. The export of timber and iron was of great value and ensured rapid growth for a city like Arendal. 

For the people of the region, work at sea was an important source of income. Most boys would go to sea at some time in life, and the knowledge and competence they brought back was a significant factor in the development of the society and economy. 

In this setting, Bratteklev Shipyard was established in 1868. Fourteen ships were built on the outdoor bedding here; 8 sailing ships (mostly three-masted barques), 5 steam-powered ships. The yard saw activity during some 50 years that was very decisive to technological development in maritime history. 

Today the shipyard lies quiet; as a window to a distant past that tell us about craftsmanshiptechnological 

development, the industrialization in the 19th century, the conditions of workers, the tools they used and the knowledge they possessed. Little is touched since production stopped here in 1924, and the shipyard gives an authentic glimpse of life at the turn of a period.


Practical information:

Bratteklev Shipyard is open to visitors that want to see the historic complex and learn more about maritime history in this region.

Opening hours (between 18th of June - 15th og August):

12:30 - 15:00 (the guided tours start at 12:45 and 13:45.)

English is available upon request. 


100,- visit including guided tour.

Students: 50,-  Children under 16: free

Tickets are sold at the entrance and online.

We also offer private tours out of opening hours. Contact through the form below for more information. 

How to get there

By boat

- Ferry to Merdø leaves the dock at Pollen at 12:30 and 13:30, and match our guided tours. Remember to ask the captain to let you off at Bratteklev shipyard. You can also order pick-up for your return.

- Ferry to Skilsø leaves Tyholmen (Arendal) at 12:15 and 13:15. From Skilsø it is a 20 minute walk.

-Private boat. You can arrive with your private boat at our pier.


By bus

Public bus stop outside the entrance.

Line: 103 Stop: Sørensens sving. 

By bike

- the small costal roads to Bratteklev offers idillic scenery and beautiful views of Arendal and its islands. What better way to combine with a visit at the shipyard?

By car

- parking is at the entrance up by the road (Revesandveien), follow the sign.



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