Jakt 'Elianna' (ex-'Ilianna') and  'Vega'  in port. Image date unknown.
Jakt ‘Elianna’ (ex-‘Ilianna’) and ‘Vega’ in port. Image date unknown.

Jotun Provides Historic Vessel Vega More Than Paint

In early 2006 we approached Jotun Indonesia to sponsor historic vessel Vega with paint. Marine coatings, especially anti-fouling paints are a huge recurring expense for us. Weeks passed with no response. Then out of the blue, Bjorn Abraham Bache, the Norwegian president of Jotun Indonesia responded he would be pleased to sponsor Vega. His next sentence sent our eyebrows soaring. Bjorn Bache knew the family who built Vega and wished to put us in contact with them. He added the e-mail address for Lars Nerhus, a great grandson of Ola Nerhus, the man who built Vega. Lars lives on the boatyard / farm where Vega was built.

Painting of Historic Vessel Vega in 1899

Contacting Lars Nerhus provided us with a wealth of well-documented information about his great grandfather and the boats he built. Lars also sent us photographs of an 1898 painting of Vega done by his grandfather who skippered Vega from the time she was launched and the half model of Vega which won an award at the great exhibition in Oslo, also in 1898. A series of highly informative e-mails brought out more information about Vega’s early life up until she disappeared in 1908. My next post will delve deeper into the history of Vega.

Award winning half models by Ola H. Nerhus, Stockholm Exhibition 1898.
Award winning half models by Ola H. Nerhus, Stockholm Exhibition 1898.
Lars Nerhus visited Vega for her anniversary in 2012 in Singapore.
Lars Nerhus visited Vega for her anniversary in 2012 in Singapore.

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