The tugboat Bransfield was built in Middlesbroughin England, and was launched in 1924. She was sold to Norway six years later and renamed Bamse. When the company went bankrupt in the 1930s, she was sold to new owners in Oslo. In 1955 she was renamed to Bjønn, then followed by the name Beaver. She was laid up at an island outside Halden in 1975 where she later partly sank due to lack of maintenance. The half submerged wreck was for many years visible on the surface. She was finally deleted from the ship lists in 1992, and the status of the wreck as of 2009 is unknown.

Former names:
Bransfield, Bamse, Bjønn
35,8 x 7,0 x 4,0 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
209 grt
Middlesbrough ( UK ) 1924
Tønsberg  ( N )

Picture: Bjønn in Oslo harbor
Nils Vik, private collection

Last updated: June 2018