Steamships and coastal lighthouses made traffic on the "National Highway No. 1" faster, safer and more reliable from coast to coast. With machine-driven vessels, the shipowners and charterers were able to free themselves from the whims of the weather gods. With the journey no longer being dependent on wind direction and wind speed, it became possible to maintain fixed timetables. Hence scheduled shipping came about, both for passenger and cargo ships. The development of the fire service eventually made it possible to sail at all times of the day, all year round.
Through texts and many ship models, this exhibition shows how ships and traffic have changed from the time of steamboats to the present day, both on coastal routes and international voyages. The middle section of the steam liner DS 'Sandnæs' was built into the museum after the ship was scrapped in the 1970s. You can enter the ship and see what it was like to sail the night route between Sandnes and Bergen over 100 years ago!