Mike - The Wreck of M/V "Ragna Ringdal" at Vatoa Island, Lau, 1962.

M/V"Ragna Rindal" at Vatoa island.

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Comment by Bill Goebner on January 13, 2015 at 9:53am

Try this link to see 1962 Ragna Ringdal shipwreck photos:


The link might have split into two lines.

Please let me know if you can view them.  - Bill -

Comment by Bill Goebner on January 13, 2015 at 7:27am

I'm re-scanning the shipwreck photos and will post a few within the next day or two.

Comment by Bill Goebner on January 12, 2015 at 7:45am

I have some photographs taken by my parents during the "Ragna Ringdal" shipwreck.

Comment by Dula on February 21, 2012 at 4:10pm

Hello Mr. Aslak Solbjørg my Mum is from Vatoa Island. I went there in 2006, and the ship is completely destroyed. However the Anchor still remain together with some parts of the engines. can you please email lauanboy30@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon.

Comment by Aslak Solbjørg on October 15, 2011 at 3:36pm

M/V"Ragna Rngdal" sailed on a trip from US with diff. Cargo destination Australia. It was some rain, clouded and no wind. I remember some of the crew where watching a movie when the ship stopped on the reef.

We tried to get the ship off by dumping cargo but in vain. We could not see much in the dark night. A passangervessel from New Zealand tryed to help, in vain.

The chief asked me to go with him down to the pumproom midship to have a look at the situasion there. When I came down there I saw the bottom was pressed upwards by something so there was a damage.

When daylight came we could see the island and people standing near the ship. They stood on the reef. In the sea there was some of the cargo,timber, that we had dumped during the night.

We understood then that the whole ship stood planted on the reef.

We left the ship by a lifeboat to the reef and then we walked ashore to the island.

I remember we had some fine days there. I have always been thinking of the time there. Lovely people, doing what they could to help us.

After a few days we went by boat to Suva and from there by plane to Norway. A long flight over more than 2 days.

What happend with the ship, I have heard it was broken to peases and sunk. What about the cargo and the oil in the ship I don`t know.

I don`t know of anybody who may have been back to Vatoa. When we came back to Norway we said goodby going back to where we lived home.

Then some hired on a new ship and kept on sailing. So did I for 2 years.

Sometime I have been thinking about a trip to the island. I have the good memories and on the wall I have the gift I got when we left there.



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