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4.3 The “Kvitholmen”

Newspaper reports from the period 1928 – 1935 have been scrutinized and an
article about wreckage found near Bjørnøya has been examined more closely.

On July 20, 1933, an object weighing several hundred kilos and measuring
2 ½ - 3
m in length was caught up in the longlines of the
the M/V “Kvitholmen” of
Malangen and skipper Edvard Mathisen,
15 ½ nautical miles north-west to west of
Cape Duner. The object was shiny and was taken at a depth of 60-65 fathoms.

 
The event launched a flood of speculation in the newspapers. In retrospect, one of
the crew of the “Kvitholmen” believed that it must have been one of the “Latham’s”
pontoons that had turned up on their longlines. The object disappeared into the
sea again only 2-3 metres below the surface. The position was plotted onto a chart,
but subsequent attempts to surface the object proved futile. 

In order to ascertain the exact position of the find, the group has enquired as to
whether a logbook was kept on board the “Kvitholmen.” In all probability, no log
was kept. After a three month search the vessel’s chart was found. The chart shows
the position of the find made in 1933.


  
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