GØTZ, Johan Herman

Name GØTZ, Johan Herman
Born Germany
Died 15 August 1929
Age 41
Cemetery Leith (Main)
Grave Ref B5
Register 108

Johan was one of three men killed in an avalanche in 1929. All three were buried on Mon 19 August. The avalanche destroyed a number of buildings, including the foundry, cookery, and carpentry shop. These buildings had survived a previous avalanche in 1920 and hence were still in the area known as ‘Jericho’, which had been left when the station moved along the coast a little (to ‘Jeddah’).

A cutting from the Sandefjords Blad newspaper dated 19/08/1929 in the Sandefjord Whaling Museum archives tells us the following:

Johan was a foundry worker, originally German. He was new to whaling, having signed on in 1928. He had a wife and child in Frederikstadt.





Picture of the funeral courtesy of Dag Einar Winsnes, who has written a website showing this and many more contemporary pictures by his grandfather Svend Johannes .

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