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Thanks all. I will follow up on your suggestions for which I am eternally grateful!  :D
The Albatross frequently carried Dr Leonhard Stejneger as their leading scientist for studying the fur seal colonies.  He was an American citizen who had been born in Bergen.  I think his diaries may be part of another zooniverse project.  He travelled widely with the ship throughout Alaska, Bering sea, Kuril Islands and Japan. 
Judging by the surnames of the crew there was a quite large proportion of people of Scandinavian descent on the ship as well. 
Old Weather Magazine / Re: World War I centenary update
« Last post by Caro on Today at 08:26:17 am »
27 June 1917

HMS Attack, outside Falmouth, 3.20pm: 4" BL charge [wet when gun was unloaded] thrown overboard #WWI
There should be quite a few ships to find on NHN that visited or passed Norway.
Look at the RN Index page and check the "by FLEETS, STATIONS, CAMPAINS etc" column.
E.g. the Norwegian Convoys during WW1.
A lot of Norwegian ships interacted with our ships in the Atlantic. I've spent hours on Sjohistorie trying to match their ships with the efforts of different logkeepers to spell out Norwegian names. Some of the interactions seemed to show an 'index of suspicion' so may well not be what you are looking for. However, quite a few of the ships were under sail which may be of more interest to a Norwegian audience.
Hi Keith! Yes, that's very interesting. On the whole it looks like there will be very little contact so this is helpful for sure :D
 I'll dig around through my edit of Acacia tomorrow. She was 'up north' before she did the western Med.
Hi Joan.

HMS Mantis passed through Norwegian waters to & from Russia. On the way out she visited Langevag Fjord & Tromso etc in Mid July 1919. On the way back she visited Tromso, Allesund & Herdlo in October 1919.

Not much of significant interest to Norwegian readers happened on either journey,  but it is clear that she moored up & on occasions received pilot assistance from Norwegian ports.

Hope this helps a little.

Old Weather and Zooniverse News / Any Norwegian links amongst our ships please?
« Last post by AvastMH on June 26, 2017, 08:39:57 pm »
Just in case anyone is able to help with the following enquiry (already sent to Philip and Kevin)  :) If you have any good ideas please do let me know. :)

I had an interesting email from Nathalie Schaller who worked in my department at work:


Thanks for replying so quickly Joan!
Let me know if you find a Norwegian participant, but else I think it would be very interesting also if you could tell a few things about ships in the Arctic and even better along the coast of Norway/Spitzbergen? Or maybe there were Norwegian ships? I think if we had a ?Norwegian? connection from these two British citizen science projects, it would make the article interesting to people here, they are very proud :-) Of course I can also ask myself on the forum if that is easier. Let me know. Nathalie.

From: Joan Arthur []
Sent: 22. juni 2017 15:33
To: Nathalie Schaller <>
Subject: RE: Little question about oldweather

Dear Nathalie,
How nice to hear from you again.
Not sure that we have any Norwegians on OW ? but let me ask tonight and I'll get back to you.
Best wishes,

From: Nathalie Schaller []
Sent: 22 June 2017 08:59
To: Joan Arthur
Subject: Little question about oldweather

Hi Joan,

I don't know if you remember me, I can as a visiting research to Myles Allen's group four years ago, and I now work in Norway, at CICERO. We are asked to write little articles for the public from time to time and I wanted to write about weather@home (with which I worked) and potentially about oldweather too. If I remember correctly, you are quite involved in the later. We thought it would be nice to have a few quotes from participants, and especially it would be fantastic if we could find a Norwegian participant. I just wondered if you knew someone that I could ask?

Many thanks in advance for your help!

Caro has already replied (it was me that edited Acacia  ;) ::) ;D) :

I don't know of any Norwegians among the transcribers or editors.
From memory, the WWI ship that had some involvement with Spitzbergen was, er,  HMS Acacia.  ;) There may be others.
Norway was neutral, officially, so RN ships tended to stay outside Norwegian waters.
A few went close.

You might want to look at HMS India.
I added this at the end of the log:
While on duty intercepting and inspecting neutral shipping, HMS India was torpedoed by German submarine U22 near Helligvaer, Norway, on August 8, 1915.
The ship broke in two and sank quickly.
A list of the 160 (reported numbers vary) men who died, together with a list of the survivors, can be found here.
According to information contained in The National Archives documents ADM 1/8429/227 and ADM 116/1440, some of the survivors were taken to Narvik by SS Gotaland and HMT Saxon; others went ashore at Helligvaer in the ship's boats. The men landed by SS Gotaland were allowed to return to the UK but the rest were interned.
HMT Saxon was allowed to leave the neutral port of Narvik within 24 hours. Commander Kennedy of HMS India was offered the chance to sail with her but chose to stay with his men. The dead were buried in Narvik cemetery.

The following is an account of a survivor of the sinking.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Another Word Game
« Last post by Hanibal94 on June 26, 2017, 04:38:38 pm »
Whichever they were, I'm sure they were all


of their respective trades
Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« Last post by Hanibal94 on June 26, 2017, 04:37:56 pm »
10 out of 15. So I'm also a Chief Officer.

Had to do a bunch of guessing as well.
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