The Mathilda was wrecked west on Ospa
One of the better-known shipwrecks is the D/S "Mathilda", which came in from the ocean and was stranded west on Ospa, during the First World War. Her cargo was wheat from the USA to Belgium. In order to avoid U-boat torpedoes, she decided to sail toward the Norwegian coast, and then head south. In the fog the vessel came too close, was stranded, and was stuck until the sea broke her down. The crew rowed in two boats before the wind, one ending up at some skerries at Sørværet, the other making it to Myrevågen at Værlandet. The people on the skerries were rescued with the exception of one, who tried to swim ashore.
Dead men tied to the rigging
During the First World War, the freighter "Sifen" (correct spelling unknown) ran into the rock in the west on Oksen, in fog. The ship came from South America loaded with maize, and sank at 40 metres. The crew escaped in the lifeboats and rowed northward along the coast. They saw glimpses of light at Sveholmen and rowed on to Hjønnevåg (Gjønnøyvåg).
The sailing vessel "Christiania" drifted aimlessly through the narrow entrance to Storsundet, which was more like a miracle. A gentle northerly breeze took her into the bay of Hårrevågen. They saw the masts from Sveholmen and rowed north. Brand-new sails had been blown off the bolt ropes. All onboard were dead, two of them tied to the riggings. The skipper had his wife and his baby with him - baby clothes and the bridge of a fiddle floating in the poop. The wood cargo kept the ship afloat. She was towed to Bergen.
Poop became a cottage on shore
At Huseflua near Gåsvær, a sailing vessel broke in two. The cargo is believed to have been hemp, which was used to spin fibre for seines. Half the vessel was rescued and taken to Gåsvær. The poop was used to build a cottage at the end of a residential building. This must have happened before 1830
To the west on Plitten, a sailing vessel was off course and was wrecked against the rock. The dog managed to get ashore and later settled at Lågøy. It whined and barked in pain in nasty weather!
Fylkesbaatane (steamship company) had capable captains and fared well in these treacherous waters. Nevertheless, the first boat, the "Framnæs", in 1913 went under water in the Nesefjorden.
Doomed among heavy logs
A short time before the First World War, the "Frankenwald" was grounded near Ytre Steinsund and sank. Secrecy about the cargo led to speculations. Today the wreck is a favourite divers' object.
Particularly tragic was the wrecking of the "Bandak" from Porsgrunn in February 1949. In the night, in foul weather and poor visibility, on her way to Sogn, she came off course and went too far north, and ran into the steep cliff north of Grønholmen. The boat sank. At the steep rock in heavy sea, the crew were doomed among the floating deck cargo. Seven were lost. One drifted on wreckage 2-3 kilometres into Hopsosen, until he reached land. He also managed to get in touch with people. Only two were rescued.