|15 August 1929
Uli 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:
Uli was an assistant in the foundry. He was single, and from Lierstrand. He had arrived as a stowaway six years previously, was a good worker and so was allowed to stay. This was his first winter at Leith.
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 .