JOHANSEN, Ole

Name:JOHANSEN, Ole
Born: 
Died:15 August 1929
Age:34
Cemetery:Leith (Main)
Grave Ref:B7
Register:106
Ole Johansen’s grave
Ole Johansen’s grave marker

Uli was one of three men killed in an avalanche on Monday 19 August 1929. All three were buried in an avalanche that destroyed a number of buildings, including the foundry, cookery, and carpentry shop. These buildings had survived a previous avalanche in 1920 and hence were still in the area known as ‘Jericho’, which had been left when the station moved along the coast a little (to ‘Jeddah’).

A cutting from the Sandefjords Blad newspaper dated 19/08/1929 in the Sandefjord Whaling Museum archives tells us the following:

Uli was an assistant in the foundry. He was single, and from Lierstrand. He had arrived as a stowaway six years previously, was a good worker and so was allowed to stay. This was his first winter at Leith.

Picture of the funeral courtesy of Dag Einar Winsnes, who has written a website showing this and many more contemporary pictures by his grandfather Svend Johannes .

Triple Funeral. Photo: Svend Johannes Wisnes
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