|GØTZ, Johan Herman
|15 August 1929
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 .