Hilmer Börjesson started the boat buisness with his wife Ellen in 1939. The couple also had a café on Donsö. Charter service was conducted in the southern archipelago of Gothenburg with a small gig with the name "Britt". During the war, it was partially hard to keep your business running because of the fuel rationing.

After World War II, the traffic increased with regular tours between Saltholmen and the islands in the archipelago. In 1947 "Britt" was replaced with a bigger boat, "Lilian" was the boat's name. "Lilian" took 16 passengers, made better speed and was for its time a well capable boat.

In the early 1950's the sons Bernt and Helge entered the company. Helge quit his job as commander of the Trans-Atlantic to engage in significantly less tonnage. The business expanded, year 1954-1957 the company purchased two more boats, built of mahogany. They were partly rebuilt, to be more suitable for passenger traffic. The smaller one of the boats named "Sydskär", was built for 21 passengers. "Lagoon" was the name of the larger boat. She had earlier the name "Carla III" and was the largest mahogany motorboat in Sweden, 66 feet long. "Carla III" was built in 1917 and was a pleasure yacht of pure luxury. You can read more about her fate later on in the text.

The regular timetable was extended from year to year, and in 1961 the boat "Hamnskär" was put in traffic. "Hamnskär" was a former inspection vessel in the Port of Gothenburg. She was converted to a passenger ship at Gotenius shipyard. "Hamnskär" took 125 passengers and was the company's first steel boat which sailed well even through the ice. "Hamnskär" helped so that the transports from the anchor lying merchant vessels became a significant revenue for the company.

In 1963 the third brother Einar Börjesson started a sea taxi company with a brand new boat from Fisksätra Shipyard. The boat was named "Lilian II", took 20 passengers and sailed up to 25 knots. In five years Einar sailed "Lilian", before she was put out of service.

Börjessons Water Taxis Ltd

For Börjessons Water Taxis Ltd year 1964-1970, this time was the most intense when it came to regular service in the archipelago. The number of passengers rose, and more and larger boats was necessary to procure. The administrative work became more extensive, and gave Helge and Bernt's wives Helga and Inger even more work within the company.

On an existing wooden hull a new passeneger boat was built in 1964, at Marstrand. Parlour and wheelhouse in aluminum. Powered by three Peugeot diesels which made the boat sail with 18 knots and about 30 passengers. The boat was named "Stromboli".

In 1966 the fleet expanded with "Snäckeskär". This boat formerly bore the name "Snip" and was picked up from Rotterdam, where she was used as a sightseeing boat. With "Snäckeskär" the timetable could be extended considerably. With certificate for 125 passengers and a speed of 14 knots, she was a fine addition to the Börjessons fleet.

The company split

Competition for passengers in the regular traffic, from the municipally sponsored Styrsöbolaget, eventually became too great. The company could not keep the same low prices. Year 1969-1971 was the number of regular tours fewer. The regular service was discontinued and Börjessons Water Taxis Ltd was split into three companies. Bernt Börjesson with new company Donsö Taxi HB and the boat "Stromboli".

Helge Börjesson with Börjessons HB Water taxi and boat "Hamnskär". The elder son of Helge, Börje Börjesson, formed together with Sessan-linjen, shipping partnerships with "Snäckeskär". The boat "Snäckeskär" was put on the regular tourist traffic through the Port of Gothenburg to New Elfsborg Fortress. This was at the same time as the 350th anniversary of City of Gothenburg in year1973. Traffic to the fortress was very successful and is now one of the city's top tourist destinations.

The 1970's

(Gothenburg = The world's largest shipbuilding city)
Shipments for the major shipyards in Gothenburg was in the 70's the largest source of income for Börjessons Water taxi HB. Small speed boats was used in the company in addition to the larger boat "Hamnskär". In 1978 Helge's youngest son Henrik was joining as partner in the company and the boat "Sydskär II" was purchased. "Sydskär's" 'hulls were built on Fiskars Shipyard, Åbo, Finland. Equipped at Kornhalls shipyard by Helge Nilsson. "Sydskär" was particularly appropriate for the traffic to ships at anchor on the ledger fjords. She was a safe boat in open seas and bad weather. "Sydskär" took maximum 28 passengers and could sail at a speed of up to 20 knots.

 Arendal shipyard

Between the years 1980-1985 residential platforms and drilling rigs were built in Arendal shipyard. The platforms were laid out at Dana Fjord for the final design. A major task during these years was the transport between the yard and the platforms. The end of the last major shipyard in Gothenburg came In 1985. The last platform was built at Arendal. This was a huge loss of income for Börjessons Water taxi HB.

Excursion, entertainment and recreational flying

New sources of revenue needs to be invented in order to keep the company upright. The boats were adapted to the growing traffic of entertainment and excursion trips.

In 1985 the passenger boat "Scalar" was purchased from Stockholm, and was renamed to "Dunskär". "Dunskär" had room for about 30 passengers on board. The interior of "Hamnskär" was also rebuilt to better suit the pleasure traveller.
In year 1989 the faithful servant "Hamnskär" was replaced with a new built boat from Dockstavarvet. The new vessel was named "Fjordskär" and was the first passenger ship on the West Coast with waterjet operation. Fjordskär have capacity for 73 passengers, of which 48 can be seated at tables. The maximum speed is 22 knots and draft only 80 cm.

In the early 90's more destinations were popping up in the archipelago and passenger groups were increasing. "Dunskär" was sold for traffic in Vättern, and "Snäckeskär" which had better capacity, was brought in as a replacement.

In year 1995 "Snäckeskär" was repurchased to Börjessons Water taxi HB from Bore Line. "Snäckeskär" was completely renovated over a period of five years with new bottom plates, new lounge and interior design as well as new means of propulsion.

P / F "Trindeln"

In addition to the passenger traffic a new operation for the boats grew at the end of the 90's. Smaller research vessels including the marine environment were requested. "Sydskär" was initially used for this purpose, but higher capacity and performance was desirable. A long-time search for a replacement boat to "Sydskär" began.

The criteria the replacement boat should fulfill, besides being a suitable survey vessel, was partly to meet the new higher safety requirements for passenger traffic in offshore by the EU. Further requirements were that the boat could be used as a stand-by in regular traffic and be suitable as a charter boat for smaller groups. Finally we found the boat "Asheim Senior" in northernmost Norway, namely in Øksfjord outside Alta. "Asheim Senior was renamed "Trindeln" after a former lightship in Kattegatt. Renovation and updating began at Gotenius shipyard in year 2001, and after this "Trindeln" met the highest standards of safety, performance and quality.

                                                             P / F "LYRÖN"
In April 2005 we took over Ventrafikens ship called P/F St. Ibb. This vessel is Börjessons so far largest vessels with capacity for 148 passengers. P/F "Lyrön", which the ship was named, immediately added in as a temporary replacement boat for traffic between Käringön and Hälleviksstrand. Following season in year 2005 with some transport assignments, "Lyrön" was finally moored in Donsö Port for extensive renovation of the passenger saloon etc. "Lyrön" then began with charter tours in April 2006. The ship got its name from the island in Bohuslän where the family Börjesson has some of its origins.

Henrik Börjesson

PS: The passenger vessel "Lagoon" (former "Carla III" as mentioned in the text) is now renovated to its original condition of 1917. After 22 years of renovation work, she is now in the Stockholm archipelago as a leisure yacht. She is the largest mahogany in the association called MYS.


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