diary “Sir James Clark Ross” – 14.02.1933

diary “Sir James Clark Ross” – 14.02.1933

Flanged 9 whale, and now just blue. In the night at 1 o'clock we got quite right eye on the lights of the "Kosmos". Now we are all 4 factory ships and 30 catchers here, so it is well part competition. In the night all the boats been bunkered quite full from the last fyroljetanken, so now paints the well towards the end.

– Øivind Schau

diary “Sir James Clark Ross” – 13.02.1933

diary “Sir James Clark Ross” – 13.02.1933

Flanged 6 blue and 2 finn. The weather is beautiful again right "hvalvær". Just nu coat "Kos 5" just past us. It is supposedly "Kosmos" which has the, so we get well soon see floating factory No.. 3 herborte. The new message is 137 000 hold and 1225 whale. It is a growth last week on 9000 hold and 80 whale.

– Øivind Schau

The harbor in Sandefjord 1950s

The harbor in Sandefjord 1950s

Out in the bay right at Thorøya located “Thorshavet” and “Thorshøvdi”. Left at Jahres Factories located “space III” and “space IV”. By Foreness located “Sir James Clark Ross” and what is probably “Abraham Larsen”. Inside the harbor is Jahres, Ross Sea and Thor Dahls catchers.
Photo: From private collection, photographer unknown.
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Boiling washes obvious in Mefjorden

Boiling washes obvious in Mefjorden

Boiling Rier laid in Mefjorden in Sandefjord. from right: C.A. Larsen, Fraternitas, Ernesto Tornquist, Congo, Table Mountain, cosmos II, Vestfold and Foyn (II). The last three were nylevert from shipyards since the crash of whale oil market came after season 1930/31 and was delivered directly to circulation.
After circulation was Congo broken up in 1935, Ernesto Tornquist was converted into freighters (still owned by Pesca), they were thus no longer used as factory ships.
Posted with permission from The Whaling Museum in Sandefjord [fs2250].
Year: 1931-32
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New page for whaling history

New page for whaling history

Website “whaling Archive” is based on the six documents representing Vestfold museums across 450 shelf space of whaling records on the list of Norway dokumentarv. These six can be seen as a kind of monuments to the modern commercial whaling and archives which are created as a result of this. On hvalfangstarkiver.no made these available to a wide audience. Lots of interesting old photographs and a lot of interesting reading here so I recommend taking a look.

Fjord in Sandefjord 1930

Fjord in Sandefjord 1930

From Roar Kristoffersen we have gained access to this old postcard showing the entrance to Sandefjord sometime between 1931 and 1939.

Boiling Rier fjord in Sandefjord

Boiling Rier fjord in Sandefjord


At the head of the bay on the right side is the Anders Jahre Flk cosmos II. Facing the middle lies what looks like two of Rasmussen's førkrigskokerier. these were Vikings, Sir James Clark Ross, Foyn and Vestfold. Which two it is not easy to say. Sir James Clark Ross used to lie at Framnæs Mechanical Workshop, but if that were the case as early as this I do not know. On the left hand, by Jahre Chemical Factories / Vera lies what may look like Pelagos (Bruun & from the lip) outer against bay. The leftmost image is Anders Jahre Flk Kosmos (extremely) og Kerguelen Whaling and Sealing Co. Flk Table Mountain. The remaining ships are unidentified.
Postcards Roar Kristoffersen's personal collection.