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Fishing and Fishing Vessels a few decades ago

"Rodny", which had a slightly different spelling than the one it was named after the English battleship: HMS Rodney, which visited Molde just before the outbreak of war in 1940. "Rodny" was built by the shipyard: Einar Helland. on Vestnes, length 83 feet and with a 2 ayl. Finnøy as main engine.


The vessel was equipped as a fishing (seine) and fishing vessel (whaling) for a sum of NOK. 260,000. (1945 kr.) redere var brødrene Janbu med Johan som skipper.    _cc781905-5cde- 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

The boat went straight out for Snurpefiske in the winter of 1945, snurpe fishing with "dorries" required large investments, but could give an adventurous dividend when it hit, the herring objection most often came in the black of winter, so the weather could often decide whether there was prosperity or "ruin".

Along with the often large quantities of herring, there was a lot of whale that was caught, and on the days when there were no whales to be seen, mackerel sturgeon were common.


One spring "Rodny" went all the way to Africa to try his hand at purse seine, on such a trip an 83-foot purse seine was the smallest made, but "Rodny" managed to cross the Biscay twice with purse seine boats in the Davids.


With the whaling, it often happened that it started with the North Sea in the spring and then it was Bjørnøya, Svalbard, Novaja Semlja and eastwards to Franz Josef Land in the late summer.

One of the best fishing spots was Vesterisen, where the "fish" that the whale lives on was carried along the ice edge by the current, we followed the ice from north of Spitsbergen all the way to East Greenland, here there were long ruts in the drift ice before you met the fast ice, in there between icebergs and flakes it was quiet and fine weather and often lots of whales.


Here we often filled the deck with meat and lard, even if the weather was fine it was dangerous, and one had to be extremely careful so as not to get caught behind the boat, here in the north we were often alone at this time of year and after such a trip could we have a full hold of meat, and over 20 tonnes of lard as deck cargo.


On the crossing one often got storms with side winds and heavy seas and one could spend a whole week to Tromsø, against the normal 3 days, despite vigilance, "Rodny" and six other whalers were still locked up for a year, but luckily it was in somewhat more hospitable waters, namely Grønnefjorden on Svalbard. The wind changed and filled the opening with large ice floes, after a short consultation they agreed to lash the ships together and "bow" a large triangular ice floe like a plow in front of them and everyone got out safely.

Painting of "Rodny in Adventsfjorden painted by Marine painter Roald Solberg, on loan from Tore Hamre's painting collection, 

On 13 August 1960 "Rodny" went out from Ålesund together with "Sjøvik 1" from Midsund which later took a different course, on 16 August "Sjøvik" had contact with "Rodny" via radio telephone and then all was well on board "Rodny" on the way to Greenland with a north-east gale and heavy seas on the "løringa", they then agreed to talk the next day without any fixed time.


The next day "Sjøvik 1" tried several times without success, no one got any more signs of life from "Rodny", it is stated that the Nordausten increased and as a result of the large sea. Only the following year did a German trawler find an unlaunched life raft in the trawl at a depth of 4/500 fathoms off East Greenland, it turned out that the raft had belonged to "Rodny".


What happened is difficult to say, but there are some theories: "Rodny" had a wreck that put the boat over so that it capsized (they had then used 2-3 tonnes of the reserve oil on the galley deck) the other thing that could have happened was that the boat could have been cleaned, but it would be strange if wreckage or the like hadn't turned up, 7 men got away.

The boats EI 6290 and 6291

The boats, which have also been called the AVRO boats, were built v. Umoe Sterkoder in Kr. sound. N in 2001 built as liners as construction number 198. AVRO VIKING and b. no 199. AVRO CHIEFTAIN.


Length: 52 meters tonnage 1,425 gross tonnes, the boats were then registered in Ireland but have later been re-registered to several countries and have changed both names and owners several times.

M/S Hagen

MS Hagen was built at Iver Hagen's boat building at Hjelset v. Molde in 1951, length 75 feet and with more than 100 HP 2nd cyl. Finnøy motor. This was a type of boat that many were built in both the 1950s and 1960s, which were some of the best years with the rich winter herring fishing. loaded 1500 hectoliters. In the summer term, there was line drifting and purse seining. Sold in 1962 to Fosnavåg.

DS King Haakon

DS Kong Haakon was built in 1904 by Schømer & Jensen in Tønning in Germany, tonnage 874 br. tons and with a triple expansion steam engine of 1200 HP and became a popular boat in Hurtigruten with its beautiful saloons. King Haakon was also involved in further developing the transport of fresh fish, which gradually became more and more extensive, first with cold rooms and eventually also with freezer rooms.


This can in many ways be equated with today's TRAILER TRANSPORT to arrive as quickly as possible with fish as fresh as possible. DS Kong Haakon had a long career with Hurtigruten and was sold for scrapping in Germany in 1953.

Painting of "King Haakon" painted by Marine painter Roald Solberg, on loan from Tore Hamre's painting collection.

MS King Olav

MS Kong Olav, it was BMV in Bergen that was commissioned to build Kong Olav, which was launched in 1963, the tonnage was 2,604 grt, and was equipped with a Burmeiser & wain of 3,325 bhk with 7 cylinders, license-built by Akers Mek, the vessel was also the first Hurtigruten to be equipped with a bow thruster. King Olav was considered a milestone in the Hurtigruten operation and the later vessels, including Lofoten, Nord Norge, Harald Jarl and Nordstjernen, were built over the same barge, fresh fish transport was here even more adapted to the requirements of the time , was sold to Thailand in 1997.

Painting of "King Olav" painted by Marine painter Roald Solberg, on loan from Tore Hamre's painting collection.

DS Sanct Svithun

DS Sanct Svithun was built by Internatinal Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd in Danzig in 1927, the tonnage was 1375 grt and it was equipped with a Lentz double compound engine of 1650 ihk. The boat was also equipped with a large and beautiful viewing lounge on the promenade deck, and with extra large fridge and freezer rooms for the transport of fresh fish. On 30 September 1943, Sanct Svithun was heading south around Stad in a south-westerly gale when it was attacked by six British aircraft and was hit by incendiary bombs and the ship was successfully grounded on Kobbeholmen, while the sea broke around the burning ship. People from Ervik managed to save 75 people, while approx. 50-60 people died.

Painting of "Sanct Svithun" painted by Marine painter Roald Solberg, on loan from Tore Hamre's painting collection.

Penal M 20 SA

Year of construction 1952 by Kr. Frostad & Sønner. Tomrefjord. Length 68 feet and m. 100 hp Brunvoll motor. Shipowners: Peder N. Midsund, Nils Misund, Anker Misund, Nils P. Misund and Lars Misund.

Fishing was, Great herring fishing, cod fishing and Bankline fishing. Sold 1970 to Sandnessjøen.

Gamleslippen på Røssøyvågen

This was the first Slippen at Aukra and it was started in the early 20th century, which Hjertvik established. This was a slip that was used a lot and it could take up boats of approx. 100 feet, today large parts of it have been moved to the Romsdalsmuseet department Hjertøya.

Fra Ona summer 1927

In its time, Ona was a large fishing village which for many years was governed by so-called owners, in the 1700s (somewhat uncertainly 1767 is stated) there were 50 families on Ona when there was a strong storm surge and after this there were only 2 families again, there is some lack of documentation on this, but it is certain that Ona was postponed until and only in 1933 was the long-awaited breakwater completed. Today, the Island Group is a sought-after resort with only around 20 permanent residents. Both image no 2 and three can be used with the same text. The image files will be sent separately.

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