“Inger Mari”

GPS position: N 57.973617 E 7.529830

Type: Wreck
Technical specifications:
Ton: 75 BRT
Length: 21.67 m
Width: 5.97 m
Draft: 2.87 m
Machinery: a Union-diesel with 135 hp
Crew: 2

It is not recommended at wind speeds greater than 6m / s to dive by S, SW, SO, W!

The small wooden Frachtschute was built in 1936 in Risør by K. Christensen & Co.. The client was Nils Halvorsen A / S of Porsgrunn, who baptized the boat with the name “Miriam III”. Obviously, it was nearly three decades in his possession, because the first documented change of ownership happened only in 1964. Based in Akland, near the place of construction Risør captain Per Hansen bought the boat and christened it a short time later, in early 1965, in the name of “Inger Mari “to. Your call-sign was LJEW.

On the morning of February 14, 1965 was the “Inger Mari” on a journey from Brevik after Flekkefjord. She had 2 200 bags of cement loaded, a load of 110 tons. The insured value of the ship and cargo was 80,000 NOK. Captain Hansen was alone on the bridge. Hansen was at full speed on the road and working with the chart. So he did not notice that he came too close to the land. Against 11:20 clock he ran at Nautfjell at the southern tip of Skjernoy due. Due to the high speed the boat struck immediately leak and began to sink quickly. Captain Hansen nevertheless decided to stay on the ship. However, the second crew member made the dinghy and rowed after Farestad clear where the lifeboat “Olav Ringdal jr.” lay. After he had alerted it, it immediately ran from the crash site. When they got there, the “Inger Mari” was however already fallen. Captain Hansen, it was still able to put his life jacket and jump overboard, as began to slip the wreck from the reef and sinking. He had managed to swim ashore and was taken safely by another boat Farestad aboard and brought ashore.

The wreck, which is also at local divers from the region Mandal known simply as “Miriam” is 28 to 32 m depth. The wooden hull is mostly rotted, metal parts, however, are still present. Thus, even the big winch, mast and derrick and machinery installations with rudder and propeller still clearly visible.