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Sorgfjord: Eolus­ne­set


The cross to which Eolus­ne­set owes its name. It was erec­ted on June 06, 1855, by skip­per J. Holm­gren, Cap­tain of the schoo­ner Æolus from Ber­gen. The ship was trap­ped in ice for some weeks, and then it is of cour­se always good to build a cross – you never know. In 1861, Æolus was the­re again, with the famous Swe­dish sci­en­tist Otto Torell on board.

The gra­ve field not far from the cross is going much fur­ther back in histo­ry. It was used by wha­lers in the 17th and 18th cen­tu­ries, cer­tain­ly inclu­ding Dut­ch wha­lers, pos­si­b­ly also from other coun­tries.

The nort­hern­most sea batt­le

Sorgfjord was the site of the nort­hern­most sea batt­le ever: in 1693, three French war­s­hips brought up about 40 Dut­ch wha­ling ships in Sorgfjord. After several hours of gun fire, 13 Dut­ch ships were cap­tu­red.

The trap­pers’ hut at Eolus­ne­set

The old trap­pers hut on the north side of Eolus­ne­set. Built in 1921 and repai­red in 1926 by the famous hun­ter Arthur Oxaas, it is now fal­ling apart. It has never been more than a shel­ter used only occa­sio­nal­ly during tra­ve­ling.


By the way:

New book

my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!


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last modification: 2019-03-31 · copyright: Rolf Stange