The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme


The wreck of the Jerv

The Jerv was a Norwegian whaler making for Stromness when she hit the Kirk Rocks and sank in Hoy Sound.

The crew of four took to the liferaft and paddled ashore. When on dry land they then walked the three miles to Stromness carrying the liferaft between them.

Skipper Ole Knarvik told the local press: "We were coming into Stromness, and we hit the skerry about 200 yards from the shore. When the ship began to sink we took to our raft. We came ashore on the beach close to the cemetery, so we just walked into town carrying the raft."

The equipment and fishing gear were salvaged from the vessel which had recently had a £5,000 engine installed. She was rocked by a heavy swell and broke up completely.