Tagged: Jon Lind

My father, part two

Jon Lind In 1947, the sons of Annanias Utkilen, (my father’s cousins) who, having formed a shipping company called “Brødrene Utkilen” bought a Swedish freighter and named it Norstraum. My father was to be...

My father, part one

Jon Lind To fully describe the many-faceted man that was my father would require much more space than is allocated here. He was only four months old in 1917 when his father, aged 32,...

Leaving home

Jon Lind It’s funny the things that stick in your mind, even after 60 years. I honestly don’t remember the exact moment when I was told we were moving to America. The earliest memory...

The America connection

Jon Lind The great wave of emigration from Norway to America that started in the mid 1800s meant that almost every family in our community had relatives in the United States. Some kept in...

Uncle Asbjørn

This is the story of the sinking of SS El Lago and the circumstances regarding the death of my mother’s brother, Asbjørn Magnus Koppen, age 22. At the time of the German occupation of...

The war years on Fedje, part two

Jon Lind Fedje, because of its western location, was a popular point of departure for people wanting to flee to England, either because they were sought by the Germans or because they just wanted...

The war years on Fedje

Jon Lind I was only three years old when the war ended. What I am going to relate I was told by others, mostly my mother and father. I am told that German soldiers...

The war years on Fosnøy, part two

Jon Lind At the outbreak of the war, my father was first mate on a coastal freighter named “Kilstraum,” captained by Alf Utkilen. The Germans requisitioned the vessel and its crew and sent it...

Colorful characters: Fredrik Langøy

Jon Lind When my grandfather, Johan Utkilen (my father’s father), was alive, he owned the largest farm in our community of Solend. Together with his brother Annanias, he also owned a sailing vessel (jekt)...