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Petter Johan Sivertsen Ramstad

Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: Ramstad, Ramstaddal, Sykkylven, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Death: April 11, 1942 (96)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sivert Petter Olsson Brune and Anne Marie Knudsdatter Ramstad
Husband of Olave Birgitte Olsdotter Svindset
Father of <private> Ramstad and <private> Ramstad
Brother of Bastian Ramstad Egge; Ole Kristian Sivertsson Ramstad; Rasmus Karolus Sivertsson Ramstad; Knut Olaus Sivertsen Ramstad; Karl Andreas Sivertsen Ramstad and 2 others

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About Johan S. Ramstad

Kai Løseth tells this story:

Eight men from Ramstaddal were out fishing west of Godøy, west of Ålesund. It was an open boat, a so-called “Sunnmørs-åttring”. This boat had four pairs of oars, and two masts for sailing. These men, together with many other boats, had fishing nets in the sea and in the morning they started to draw the nets from the sea. The weather was OK when they started. But suddenly it changed. Johan told this story. “It was like a black wall in the west, and the wind came suddenly, as out of a sack. Many boats sailed to the shore. But we still had several fishing nets in the sea and we wanted to save them. Therefore we stayed longer than the other boats. The storm was quite strong when we at last sailed to the shore. Suddenly we met a big wave, and the boat turned upside down. The wind was quite strong with big waves and it was cold. We were not very strong swimmers, but we found wood from the boat so we could keep floating.

“I succeeded in reaching the boat, but because of the wind and waves, I had problems holding my grip. Then I took my knife (tollekniv) and stabbed it between the keel and the keel-board so I could hold the grip. But it was very cold! Suddenly I saw the head of a man coming so near the boat that I succeeded to grasp his hair and lifted his head up from the water. The man was Jacob Ramstad, my neighbor from Ramstad! He was alive. I held him as long as I could, but at last I was so cold and had no strength in my hands, so Jacob slipped away. He disappeared in the sea and drowned. It was my worst experience to see this happen.

“I was sure that the same would happen to me. I said to the Lord, ‘If you will save me now, I’ll serve you all my lifetime!’ After a while there came a boat from the shore, and three of us were saved. Five drowned. I had held Jacob so strongly that there was blood under my fingernails.”

Johan also experienced two other shipwrecks. In one of them he was the only one rescued. One of his fellow shipmates grasped his boot and he went down…down…down. Johan was sure he’d die, but suddenly the boot loosened and he floated up!

Johan was born in 1845 and died in 1942. He was almost 97 years old! There are many other stories about him, many dangerous situations. But he survived. He used to say, “I’ve never had easy to die!”

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Johan S. Ramstad's Timeline

December 19, 1845
Sykkylven, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
April 11, 1942
Age 96