Pilot Holte

I 1930 an older gentleman from Harstad received the Norwegian Royal Medal of Service
Anders Holtewas born in Trondenes in 1849. He was the son of a fisherman and took on fishing at the age of fourteen, as norwegian boys did in those days
When the shipping company Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab was establ8shed in 1888 he was brought on as a pilot
When the norwegian polar explorer Nansen came home from his polare expedition to the arctic with Fram, Holte acted as pilot along part of the norwegian coast
Ships in those days mostly sailed during the daytime cause there were not many lighthouses, and the maps in use were still not very accurate.
In 1893, when the first ever coastal express sailed there were only 303 lighthouses along the entire coast between Trondheim and Hammerfest.
For perspective, the number between Bergen og Kirkenes in 2020 was 6560!
The coursenotes made by pilot Holte contributed in making possible the night time sailing needed for VDS to be able to clock the distance between Trondheim and Hammerfest the summer of 1893 in only four days!
He, himself had at that point left VDS behind and served as captain in a different shipping company, Haalogalands Dampskibsselskab
Between 1904 and 1914 Holte worked his summers away as pilot onboard the ship Hohenzollern, owned by ther German kaiser Wilhelm II, who enjoyed holydaying along the norwegian coast
For his service Holte recieved the kaisers official pilots medal
The pilots have allways been instrumental to the coastal express, and all sailing along the coast, and pilot Anders Holtes work has brought many a passager home safe

Source:

Bakka, Dag Jr. Livslinje og eventyrreise Historien om hurtigruten. Bodoni. 2017

Rydheim, Per. Vesteraalske -Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab 1881-1988. Fusa Dampskibsexpedition. Stokmarknes. 2015 

Stavseth, Reidar. På Nordnorsk kjøl Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab Gjennom 75 år. Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab. 1956. Trondheim