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Anna av Helgøy

Anna av Skogsfjord

Anna av Tromsø

T 29 HG

T 816 T

T 445 K

Build in 1907 in Rognan, Salten area, Norway.

(remodelling 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.

Building material - wood

46 fot

16,3 fot

7,7 fot

24,75 brt

 

Propulsion - Sails,

than Munktell 45 HK (1930) 

Mercedes-Benz 144-180 hk (1973)

 

1937 Major repair
1960 Rebuild - Anna was extended by 4 ft  and wheelhous was build.

1982 Rebuild from commercial fishing boat in to the pleasure sailboat 

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Fisherman Lauritz Benonisen from Skogsfjord.

First owner and skipper of Anna. 

ANNA is one of the last boats of this special type and age. Maybe just only one (last one) which is still sailing. Many of these boats from this age where lost at sea, crushed by ice or just abandoned and rotted after they went out of commerial fishing.

ANNA´s history is connected to the Benonisen family from Skogsfjord, north from Tromso. Lauritz Benonisen was first owner and skipper. Lauritz was probably man of special kind, self made man. In this desperate, wild and abandoned landscape become a famous person. He probably made some money as worker in mines. He ordered the construction of a ship with his bussines partner.  ANNA was a kind of huge boat at this time. This and her special construction was probably the reason why they went out of money and split partnership.

ANNA has been build in Salten area in Rognan near Bodo. This place was famous for building wooden boats, with more than fifty small boatyards. They mainly build smaller fishing boats with clinker type of hull (hull planks going over the next one and they are nailed together). At begining of 1900 few of boatbuilders took boatbuilding courses in different boatyards to learn new construction of hull. One of them works with Colin Archer on building famous FRAM.

Between 1905-1910 they build first five of this special boats.  First in 1905 and second – ANNA in 1907. Special construction of this ice-going boats is there shape and size. Same as FRAM, width is 1/3 of the lenght (ANNA is 5m width and 15m lenght). Hull shape as „egg“ double ender. Full keel rising from bottom, from rudder to the bow. That helps to manouvering between icebergs. She was build to easy going in to the ice and hull shape helps to survive and do not crashed hull in case of stuck in ice. ANNA was build as pure sailboat (first engine was instaled 1930). Rigging as gaff ketch. Shape of hull was not so helpfull with sailing behaviour and rocking on ocean and with speed. But it was safe boat with carriage capacity.

So ANNA was doing all kind of commercial fishing up in North. Cod fishing in Lofoten Islands, longline for halibuts in Bjornoya fields, seals and polar bears hunting in Svalbard, small scale whaling west from Tromso, puffins hunting at Bjornoya.

Meantime they transporting all the goods in Tromso area as sheep and cow transport, constructions wood delivery, etc. Anna has been used as burrial boat – transport death people from lonely settlements to the town for burrial.

Lauritz dont have captain´s licence, so for offshore expeditions he hire skippers.

Later on Lauritz Benonisen give the boat to the two oldest sons to Harald and Bjarne Benonisen (He has eleven kids). After this he never come on board ANNA. They took care and fishing with Anna until ´80.

There is couple of very interesting stories connected to ANNA and her history.

ANNA was an expedition vessel in 1911. This expedition to Svalbard lead by Rolf Marstranders under supervising of Adolf Hoel. Birger Jacobsen hire ANNA. They reached Svalbard after 18 days.

In 1928 traveling on ocean out of Loppa island found drifting debris from Amundsen´s plane Latham. Probably instrument case. The fuel tank from Latham, which is now in Tromso polar museum  had been found just near Loppa too.

At Bjornoya island on half way to Svalbard crew from ANNA found humans remains. They burried remains. It was sailor from british fishing vessel  St. SEBASTIAN. This happend at 1939.

1940 after battle of Narvik, ANNA was comming back from fishing. They saw emergency  landing of british figter plane in Skogsfjord od snow field. They pick up three british pilots -  Lieutenant(A) S. Keane, RN (P), Lieutenant A. S. Marshall, RN (O), and Naval Airman F. Clark, RN. Next day they transport them to Tromso at British embassy.

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1916 Anna in Tromsø when the boat came back from seals hunting in the North ice. The oldest picture.

Count the crew on board...

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19?? Lauritz Benonisen and his crewmembers

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1930?  Anna fishing at Lofoten on a trip from Heningsver in February.

Picture by Kristian Magnus Kanstad 

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1930? Anna in Tromsø (on right) at shipyard in Tromso.

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1930 Bjornoya island

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around 1930

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1964 on seals and polar bear hunting on Svalbard, Anna was the one that was furthest north of all the other boats this year.

 

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1974 Anna as burrial boat.

Funeral of Birger Benonisen.

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In Tromso around ´80

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1982 Leif Benonisen takeing boat to new owner Frode Rogne.

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Remodelling by Frode Rogne in Floro ´80

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After ´80 conversion from fishing boat to pleasure seilboat.

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Boat Register Record from 1922

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British pilots safed and transported on board Anna to Tromso in 1940. WWII. just began in Norway...

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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.

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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)

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And there is another record, few days early about battle of Narvik and emergency landing of the same plane on air ship:

April 13

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

accurate

Flak, targeting two of five destroyers sighted as well as the ore quay.

Although

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

holed,

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.

O.

Sydney-Turner, RN (P), Lieutenant W. B. Kellett, RN (O), and Petty Officer W.

H. Dillnutt, RN (AG).

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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.

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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

and

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

Horan)

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1911 Anna as expedition vessel to Svalbard

Rolf Marstranders expedition in 1911.

Geological investigation for coal, ores and minerals.

They hire Anna av Helgoy as expedition vessel. Lauritz Hansen as skipper and Harry Kjeldsen as ice navigator.

Expedition left Tromso late. They have few problems with engine. They reached Svalbard after 17 days.

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