Nine Norwegian fishermen had to abandon their ship Norholmen when she grounded on rocks in Hoy Sound in 1966. Heavy winds and high seas later drove the ship over the rocks and onto shore alongside Stromness cemetery. The vessel was eventually broken up for scrap metal.
Orcadian - 24 November 1966 - Norwegian Boat Ashore: Crew Take to Raft
Nine Norwegian fishermen had to abandon their ship when she grounded on rocks in Hoy Sound yesterday afternoon. She was the line fishing vessel Norholm from Maløy, which ran aground just below the Stromness Cemetery as she was making for the harbour. The men came ashore in an inflatable rubber life raft, which was used twice. Stromness Lifeboat, the fishery cruiser Norna, and two seine-net boats, as well as the Stromness Life Saving Association were on the scene.
The ship, which was being pounded by heavy seas last night, grounded at the very same spot where another Norwegian vessel, the whaler Jerv, was lost in April 1965. The men were taken to a hotel in Stromness, where the Shipwrecked Mariners Society looked them after.
Orcadian - 1 December 1966 - At the mercy of wind and sea
The Norwegian line fisher vessel Norholmen, which grounded on rocks in Hoy Sound last Wednesday, now lies alongside the Stromness cemetery at the mercy of wind and tide. Her crew of nine, who abandoned ship and came ashore in a rubber life raft, took off all removable gear the next day, before leaving Orkney to return to Norway. The skipper remained behind. On Sunday, the Norholmen's catch of mackerel was also brought ashore.BACK TO WRECKS