Helmer Julius HANSSEN

Helmer Julius HANSSEN

Male 1870 - 1956  (85 years)

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  • Name Helmer Julius HANSSEN 
    Born 24 Sep 1870  Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 23 Oct 1870  Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Aug 1956  Tromsø, Troms, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Tromsø Gravlund, Tromsø, Troms, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Bjørnskinn church records list birth date as Sept. 24, 1870. Dec. 3, 1875 census lists birth year as 1871.

      Digital Archives: Døypte i Bjørnskinn sokn i Dverberg prestegjeld 1866-1886:
      Baptism date: 23 Oct 1870
      Local parish: Bjørnskinn
      Remarks: konf 86. Moderen indledet.
      Barn: Helmer Julius
      Far: Grbr. Hans Andreas Jakobsen, Bjørnskind
      Mor: H. Pauline Olsd., Bjørnskind
      Fadder: Kirkesanger Danielsen
      Fadder: Mad. Danielsen
      Fadder: Kristian Korneliussen
      Fadder: Olea Olsd.
      Fadder: Elen Anfindsd.

      Marriage record (Incorrect) Church book lists Kristine Augusta as the next record for marriages in the book but has the two bride’s names switched:
      Oct. 31, 1897
      Marie Kathrine Isaksen, Tromso, born in Elnelskuen (?) i Alta in 1875, confirmed in 1889 in Hammerfest, father’s name: Spitsbergfarer Isak Adamsen
      Hilmer Julius Hansen, residence unreadable, born in Bjørnskinn in 1870, confirmed in 1886 in Dverberg, father’s name: Gaar. Hans Jakobsen.

      Cemetery Record:
      Helmer Hanssen
      Polarfarar
      B.year: 1870
      D.year: 1957
      Sq. Bjørnskin kirke
      Cemetery: Minnesmerker
      Andøy

      Had 3 children, per Sonia Woster's notes.

      1900 Census: Tromsoe, Troms, Norway:
      Helmer Hansen, temp. residence: Bergen; occupation: styrmand (mate, officer, coxswain); year of birth: 1871; birthplace: VesterÅlen, Nor;
      Augusta Hansen, hustru, year of birth: 1875.

      From the forward in Voyages of a Modern Viking, by Helmer Hanssen, London, Routledge & Sons, 1936, (foreward written by Vice Admiral E.R.G.R. Evans):
      "Helmer Hanssen himself may be classed amongst the last of the Vikings, for he started to earn his living at the age of twelve in the winter cod-fisheries on the bleak, ice-girt coasts of the Viking land which has given us the best Arctic and Antarctic explorers that the world has known. Helmer Hanssen is shy about his book--I should be proud indeed to have such a record of adventure to my name as this modest Norseman has, for he was one of Roald Amundsen's men in the Gjoa, the only vessel that has yet made the oft-attempted, hazardous, North-West Passage. He was one of the five men who stood first at the South Pole whither Roald Amundsen's fine leadership had brought them in December 1911, and later he was Captain of the Maud, one of the only two ships that has yet succeeded in making the North-East Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific."

      From Wikipedia: “Helmer Julius Hanssen (1870-1956) was a Norwegian polar explorer, and one of the first five to reach the South Pole on the expedition of Roald Amundsen.
      Hanssen was born in Risoeyhavn, a small village in the northern part of Norway. He was an experienced ice pilot, a skill he had learned while hunting seals around Spitsbergen.
      From 1903 to 1905 Helmer Hanssen participated in Roald Amundsen’s successful search for the Northwest passage, as second mate on board the ship Gjoea. On the expedition he learned from the Intuits how to drive sled dogs. In 1910 he headed south with Amundsen to conquer the South Pole. This time as an expert dog driver. He was also in charge of navigation, carrying the master compass on his sledge.
      He was one of the first five people to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911, along with Roald Amundsen, Olav BjÅland, Oscar Wisting, and Sverre Hassel. During their stay at the South Pole, it is believed that Hanssen passed within 200 yards of the mathematical South Pole point. This was during one of his ski runs which Amundsen had ordered be performed to completely encircle or “box” the pole to insure that there was no doubt that the expedition had attained the pole.
      In 1919 he once again went north this time as captain on Maud in Roald Amundsen’s Northeast Passage expedition.
      In 1936 Hanssen published his autobiography The Voyages of a Modern Viking, London: Rutledge, 1936.
      Helmer Julius Hanssen was awarded the Knight Class 2 of St. Olav for exceptional seamanship on Roald Amundsen’s expeditions in the northern and southern parts of the world.”

      1910 Census: Norway:
      Helmer Julius Hansen, 24.09.1870, Dverberg Bjørnskind, hf, g, Toldbetjent og sjømand;
      Augusta Hansen, 24.07.1876, Tromsø, hm, g, Husholdningsarbeide;
      Arthur Berg Hansen, 22.05.1901, Tromsø, s, ug, Intet;
      Harald Johannes Hansen, 19. 08. 1903, Tromsø, s, ug, Intet;
      Reidun Margaret Hansen, 18.05.1908, Tromsø, d, ug, Intet.
    Person ID I702  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 

    Father Hans Andreas Mikhael JAKOBSEN,   b. 13 Dec 1833, Øksnes, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1914, Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Pauline Jørgine OLSDTR,   b. 12 Jan 1834, Andenes, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1871, Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 21 Oct 1856  Dverberg, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Histories
    Correspondence. Smevik, Hjalmar.  Letter to Gerald Lowell dated 20 Nov 1995.
    Correspondence. Smevik, Hjalmar. Letter to Gerald Lowell dated 20 Nov 1995.
    Hjalmar wrote about family recollections, especially about Hans Andreas Jakobsen, Hans' two wives, and his fourteen children. Hans was Jerry's great great grandfather and Hjalmar's grandfather.
    Family ID F378  Group Sheet

    Family Kristine Augusta Josefine BERG,   b. 24 Jul 1876, Tromsø, Troms, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1963, Tromsø, Troms, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1897  Tromsø, Troms, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Arthur Berg HANSEN,   b. 22 May 1901, Tromsø, Troms, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Harald Johannes HANSSEN,   b. 19 Aug 1903, Tromsø, Troms, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Reidun Margaret HANSSEN
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F3164  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Sep 1870 - Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 23 Oct 1870 - Bjørnskinn, Andøy, Nordland, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1897 - Tromsø, Troms, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Aug 1956 - Tromsø, Troms, Norway Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Tromsø Gravlund, Tromsø, Troms, Norway Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Hanssen, Helmer.
    Hanssen, Helmer.
    Hanssen, Helmer
    Hanssen, Helmer
    Hanssen, Helmer.  Photograph of Hanssen wearing the two royal medals that he received.
    Hanssen, Helmer. Photograph of Hanssen wearing the two royal medals that he received.
    The medal on the right when viewing the picture is the Medal of the South Pole, a Royal Norwegian award instituted by King Haakon VII in 1912 to reward participants in Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition. The medal on the left when viewing the picture is the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, a Norwegian order of chivalry that was instituted by King Oscar I of Norway and Sweden on Aug. 1, 1847 as a distinctly Norwegian order. It is named after King Olav II, known to posterity as St. Olav. It is awarded by the reigning monarch of Norway to individuals as a reward for remarkable accomplishments on behalf of the country and humanity. Hanssen was awarded the medal for exceptional seamanship on Roald Amundsen's expeditions in the northern and southern parts of the world.

    Headstones
    Hanssen, Helmer
    Hanssen, Helmer

    Histories
    Awards. Hanssen, Helmer.  Medal of the South Pole.
    Awards. Hanssen, Helmer. Medal of the South Pole.
    Awarded by Norway's King Haakon in 1912 to the participants in Roald Amundsen's South Pole discovery. Helmer Hanssen was one of five men who stood at the South Pole when it was discovered in December 1911.
    Awards. Hanssen, Helmer.  Royal medals awarded for polar explorations.
    Awards. Hanssen, Helmer. Royal medals awarded for polar explorations.
    Helmer Hanssen was awarded the Knight of St. Olav (medal on left in photo)for exceptional seamanship on Roald Amundsen's expeditions in the northern and southern parts of the world. The medal on the right was awarded to Helmer Hanssen in 1912 by King Haakon. Called the Medal of the South Pole, it rewarded participants in Roald Amundsen's South Pole discovery.