NSSR in Vardo

The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (NSSR) was founded on july 9th, 1891, with a clearly defined goal – To save lives at sea.

The first rescue boats, the Colin Archer-class, were introduced in 1893. They were powered by sails and oars only. Ever since, the NSSR’s boats and crew have saved over 6200 people from certain death. More than 500.000 people have received assistance.

The NSSR is a humanitarian organization aiming at saving lives and recovering property at sea. Maintaining rescue services along the Norwegian coast, and neighbouring sea areas where such services may be necessary. The NSSR also runs an information service and educational program designed to improve safety for boaters.


Photograph by Johan J. Petersen, owner of No 10 “Christiania” a veteran rescue boat in Vardo


Photograph by Johan J. Petersen, the harbour at Vardo


“Oscar Tybring IV”, the NSSR lifeboat in Vardø (Photo: NSSR)

Images emailed by Ingar Bie, NSSR