Background information on Kaare Mong and his efforts during the second world war.
Extract from the 50th anniversary book "Egersund Trål 1952 - 2002", written by Lars Martin Ramsland.
Egersund Trål is the lifework of Kaare Mong.
He was born on a farm called "Legå", in the outskirts of Egersund, on the 18th of June 1924.
He was part of a large family consisting of mother, father and eleven children, and of course they were gifted with moderation and willingness to work. From he was a little boy, he was familiar with fishing and hunting at sea, which later would characterize him more than he would ever imagine. Kaare was enjoying herring fisheries for two seasons, before the second world-war put a preliminary stop to a normal way of life.
On the 20th of September 1941, Kaare, aged seventeen, was part of a group at seven that left Norway on the fishing boat, "Haadyr", to fight for their home country. After a dangerous crossing, heading for Great Britain, Kaare was enlisted into the Royal Norwegian navy.
For two years, from 1942-1944 he was on active duty on the corvette "Potentilla". This corvette was a loyal escort, protecting trading ships against German submarines. The "Potentilla" crossed the Atlantic, from New Foundland to England, 36 times, and on several of these crossings they were involved in fights with the Germans.
At the end of the second world-war, the seventeen year old boy had become a twenty-one year old man, who had made himself hardy from his tough experiences at sea. But after all he had been lucky and kept both his physical and psychological health from any serious damage. After the world-war, he was working as a fisherman, until he started working for his cousin Arne Friestad, trading all sorts of tools and equipment, mainly for the fishing fleet.
But a new situation occurred to Kaare. When the general store closed in the afternoons, he became familiar with something that was new to him. He gotspare time. Kaare who was used to work from early in the mornings to late at
night, started helping fishermen, mending their fishing-gear, in the evenings... And this is how it all started. Egersund Barkeri, later to be called Egersund Trål, was about to come into existence.