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    Nordstjernen (of 1937)

    Nordstjernen of 1937 was also one of the finest coastal steamers to sail the coast line of Norway. Sadly, she ended her career a bit too early, after running aground in Raftsundet in September 1954.

    We have previously mentioned this ship with a few pages at our old forum:

    http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/...pic.php?t=1467
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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  • #2
    At Lofoten.com they recently made available an article related to the grounding and subsequent foundering of this fine ship. Here is the article in Norwegian:

    http://www.lofoten.com/Artikkler/Vis...2-EEC37CA76477

    A quick translation for those of us that does not speak Norwegian:

    During the night between the 21st and 22nd of September 1954 the coastal steamer Nordstjernen foundered under dramatic circumstances at Raftsundet.

    Mr. Kjell-Arne Jenssen was nine years old at the time and lived at Hanøyvika. He saw the tragedy happening close to his own doorstep.

    "I was nine years old and lived with my grand parents at the time, because my father was building a new house and was not yet finished. It was a dark night and no moon, but the water was silent and it wasn't particularly cold either. I awoke hearing the whistle of Nordstjernen blowing, opened my bedroom window and saw the lights from the ship. They had ran aground at the edge of Seiholmen and the bottom was reipped open below the water line. There was a mix of cries for help in the darkness and the ship's whistle blowing.

    My grandfather was one of the first ones to arrive in his rowing boat. Amongst many, he picked up the Captain and brought him ashore. Many survivors had made it to the nearest small island, called Raftsundholmen.

    Had the ship dropped her anchors earlier, she would have ended up sinking between these two rocks in shallow waters but that didn't happen. The ship drifted onwards to deeper waters and was filled with seawater, sinking to a depth of 70 meters. As time progressed, more ships came to and picked up people in the darkness.

    Most survivors were taken to a small village called Hanøy with a family called Aakre. Other ended up with a family called Fredriksen at Hattvik, on the other side of Raftsundet.

    Five people perished that night, but more could have perished if the weather had been a bit worse.

    The people who perished were:
    Passenger Einar Hansen, Kvernfjord, Bø i Vesterålen
    Passenger Eva Kjeldsen, Tromsø
    Passenger and navyman Thorbjørn Hansen, Alstahaug
    Passenger and Salvation Army Officer Oddveig Danielsen, Skrova (18 years old).
    Repairman Adolf Skorpen, Helgeland.

    The good weather made probably contributed to the rescue of so many. Nordstjernen did not have a radar but navigated according to the lights at Raftsundet. She was sailing in the green sector from Brattholmen light when she grounded during the Chief Officer watch, and the pilot had the command at the time. It was long been speculated that a female visitor at the bridge may have contributed to the accident, but it was nothing more than bad rumors after the grounding.

    Passenger and Salvation Army Officer Oddveig Danielsen, was amongst the only people who were not found after the tragedy. Witnesses states that she had the cramps and clinged on to the railing, not able to let it go as the ship sunk beneath her feet.

    Navyman Thorbjørn Hansen and repairman Adolf Skorpen were both found inside the ship and brought up by a German diver after the sinking.
    "
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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    • #3
      When browsing the popular www.trondheimsbilder.no , I came across this image of the old Nordstjernen in Trondheim


      Photo: Wilhelm Skappel

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      • #4
        Interesting image actually...

        Some of you probably remember the building in the background, which was torn down only a few days ago (image from the demolition in a previous post).

        I agree, it is most definitely the old Nordstjernen of 1937... lost at Raftsundet in 1954.

        The last thing I would like to point out are those red pen marks, which shows areas that were so "secret" that they were not to be published (at the time when it was taken). Fjellanger Wideroe has a large collection of aerial photographs from many places in Norway, and all areas which were deemed to secret to be published were marked with a red pen by someone.

        With Nordstjernen in the image, and knowing she was lost in 1954, this image was possibly taken shortly after the second world war, hence the secrecy.
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pakarang View Post

          The last thing I would like to point out are those red pen marks, which shows areas that were so "secret" that they were not to be published (at the time when it was taken). Fjellanger Wideroe has a large collection of aerial photographs from many places in Norway, and all areas which were deemed to secret to be published were marked with a red pen by someone.
          Now I am going VERY VERY OT.

          But all the secrecy reminds me of a strange thing happened to me back in 1983. I shot a couple of photos of a facinating waterfall called "Kjærringskrevet" (anyone dare to translate ?) in Tjeldøya (Tjeldsund/Nordland).
          This was quite close to the small military base Ramsund Orlogstasjon. Unfortunately a military officer spotted me. He took my camera, and I was transported to the military base. I was locked in, and isolated in an office 3-4 hours while two officers study my negatives. I indeed felt I was a russian spy.

          Finally I got my freedom and my camera back. But NOT my negatives.

          An intersting part of this history is, that on the wall in the office I was isolated, was a beautiful big picture of that VERY SECRET waterfall.

          But I never dared getting close to that secret waterfall ever since.

          Oh dear, how many secrets Norway is hiding.


          (Sorry my OT. But I couldn`t resist sharing this history

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          • #6
            Extraordinary story. I always know I'm going to enjoy reading a Hurtigrute-Martin post . Big thank you for sharing your bizarre experience.
            I wonder if that secret waterfall remains secret????– I think if I was you and was passing near that area I would feel strangely drawn towards it, yet at the same time kind of scared to be anywhere near the place!
            Ummmm, just been looking up Tjeldøya on Google Earth – isn’t going OT wonderful!! (even when I’ve been away and am supposed to be “catching up” . . .

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Seagull View Post
              I wonder if that secret waterfall remains secret????– I think if I was you and was passing near that area I would feel strangely drawn towards it


              You BET I am drawn towards that waterfall

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              • #8
                I have added some images of the Nordstjernen model at the Hurtigruten Museum in the museum-thread:

                Hurtigruten Museum [Stokmarknes] Norway.
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                • #9
                  Did anyone remember the anniversary that took place a few days ago.... ?

                  It was 56 years earlier on the day that the tragedy took place...
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  • #10
                    Not a large size image, but an image of the launch of Nordstjernen back in 1937:

                    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                    • #11
                      Re: Nordstjernen (of 1937)

                      Stunning underwater imagery from the old Nordstjernen:

                      http://www.harstad.dk/web/2/index.ph...d=13&Itemid=68

                      http://vrakdykking.com/m-s-nordstjernen-side-5.html
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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