Fisherman Lauritz Benonisen from Skogsfjord.
First owner and skipper of Anna.
Anna av Helgøy
Anna av Tromsø
T 29 HG
T 816 T
T 445 K
Build in 1907
(in Rognan by Hansen & Olsen?)
First owner fisherman Laurits Benonisen, Skogsfjord, Tromsø.
Later his sons Harald Benonisen and Bjarne Benonisen.
Than Anna was been sold to Frode Rogne (1982). Than Anders Jordal and Kristoffer Eikehaug.
Boat type - saltveringsskøyte (saltwater sailboat). Fishing boat for arctic seas (seals hunting).
Building material - wood
Propulsion - Sails,
than Munktell 45 HK (1930)
Mercedes-Benz 144-180 hk (1973)
1937 Major repair
1926 Anna in Tromsø when the boat came from seal hunting in the Nordic ice
1930? Anna fishing at Lofoten
1964 on seal and polar bear hunting on Svalbard, Anna was the one that was furthest north of all the other boats this year. On the picture, Harald is in the front and Bjarne behind.
1982 Leif Benonisen takeing boat to new owner Frode Rogne.
After ´80 conversion from fishing boat to pleasure seilboat.
1930? Anna in Tromsø (on right) at shipyard in Tromso.
Crew member Anathon, son of Rasmusen Hansen from Helgoy. (?)
British pilots safed and transported on board Anna to Tromso in 1940. WWII. just began in Norway...
Plane: Fairey Swordfish U3K from 818 Squadron
Crew: Lieutenant(A) S. Keane, RN (P), Lieutenant A. S. Marshall, RN (O), and Naval Airman F. Clark, RN
Mother ship: HMS Furious -battlecruiser
The record is from April 19 1940
HMS Furious had expected to finally get fully refueled from the newly arrived tanker War Pindari (5,559 BRT), but the need to get underway in the face of two air attacks left little doubt that Tromso was no longer a safe haven. Abandoning further efforts, she put to sea at her best speed on three shafts, 20 knots. That afternoon, having received word (errantly) that five German destroyers were at sea, a single Swordfish was send off on an armed reconnaissance mission ahead of the ship.
The aircraft, 818 Squadrons U3K, became entangled in a snowstorm and was unable to return home. The crew navigated to Skogsfjord where they force-landed in a snowy field. The aircraft was recovered by Norwegian Navy personnel and taken to Skattoia, while the flight crew, Lieutenant(A) S. Keane, RN (P), Lieutenant A. S. Marshall, RN (O), and Naval Airman F. Clark, RN (AG) eventually reached friendly forces. (Mark Horan)
And there is another record, few days early about battle of Narvik and emergency landing of the same plane on air ship:
Meanwhile, after the previous days attacks on Trondheim, the Home Fleet had sailed for Narvik, arriving off Vestfjord at 0500. At 1545, with plans well underway for a dive bombing attack on the German warships trapped at Narvik, HMS Furious was detached to join the Battlecruiser Squadron stationed
further off shore. At 1615, the first range, eight Swordfish of 818 Squadron led by the OC, Lieutenant-Commander P. G. O. Sydney-Turner, RN, began taking off.
The nine Swordfish of 816 Squadron, led by OC Lieutenant-Commander G. B.
Hodgkinson, RN, followed at 1655. Each aircraft was armed with 4 x 250 lb. GP
bombs and 8 x 20 lb. Cooper bombs.
The weather was miserable, with 10/10 cloud at 1,500 over the ship, though
as 818 Squadron approached Narvik, the cloud base suddenly increased to 2,800
feet leaving the aircraft exposed during their approach. The three
sub-flights attacked independently in the face of extremely intense and
Flak, targeting two of five destroyers sighted as well as the ore quay.
one Swordfish was unable to release its bombs, the others claimed three 250
lb. and one 20 lb. hits. In the event, Erich Koellner (Z-13) was hit once,
Erich Giese (Z-12) received splinter damage, and three small Norwegian craft,
including the fishery protection vessel Senja, were sunk. Additionally, in
all the confusion, the Dutch steamer Bernisse (951 BRT) scuttled herself. Six
of the attacking planes were hit, three seriously. U3L, missing its port
wingtip and aileron, half the starboard elevator and the bottom of the rudder,
with virtually the entire instrument panel wrecked, and with b
oth aircrew wounded, opted to make a water landing alongside HMS Grenade,
which quickly picked up both Sub-Lieutenant(A) S. G. J. Appleby, RN (P) and
Leading Airman E. Tapping, RN (AG). Meanwhile, U3A, with its petrol tank
managed to make it to the task force before force-landing alongside HMS
Punjabi who quickly gathered in all three aircrew, Lieutenant-Commander P. G.
Sydney-Turner, RN (P), Lieutenant W. B. Kellett, RN (O), and Petty Officer W.
H. Dillnutt, RN (AG).
The third Swordfish, U3K, having lost its port
landing gear, remained aloft until all the other aircraft were down before executing a superb night landing.
Meanwhile, 816 Squadron, took its departure at 1712. At 1808 they passed
the returning survivors of 818 Squadron, but immediately afterward a sudden
snow squall dropped visibility to virtually nil. By 1827 Hodgkinson gave up
turned for home, arriving at 2205 in pitch darkness. In the ensuing night
landings, Swordfish U4L:K6002 missed the arrestor wires, catapulted overboard,
and landed upside down in the Arctic waters. In what can only be called a
miracle both aircrew, Lieutenant(A) M. D. Donati, RN (P) and Leading Airman F.
A. J. Smith, RN (AG) scrambled clear to be rescued by HMS Hero after 45
minutes in the frigid water with only their life vests for support. (Mark
1930 Bjornoya island