My Norwegian Connection
At the latter end of the year 2000, Oil Mariner lost the contract for the maintenance of the mooring systems around the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. After eleven years in the South Atlantic it would be a wrench to try and get back to a "normal" kind of lifestyle again. (Or would it?)
I was given the opportunity to take part in the building of a new ship which was under construction in Brevik, South East Norway. The chance was too good to miss and after arrival in Norway, a series of coincidences was to unfold. Perhaps, after all, it was fate?
Initially I was told of the Sandefjord Whaling Museum by a lady who worked in a local hotel. Her husband had visited the museum as a youth and recommended it highly.
I became friends with an engineer who worked in the shipyard. He was an ex merchant seaman and had worked for many years in South Africa before returning to Norway as a married man. He had friends and family who had been involved in the whaling industry. He was later to share some of his knowledge with me.
I was also to learn of a surviving whale catcher, the "Southern Actor" which is berthed in Sandefjord and takes passengers out for trips in the Summer months. The "Southern Actor" is part of the Sandefjord Whaling Museum.