Letters to the Editor

The history of the Nomrah

I was delighted to read your article on Dec. 6 on the Poulsbo Historical Society’s ongoing project to restore part of our maritime history (“Historical society seeks space, funds for boat,” page A11). I thought your readers might enjoy knowing more of this particular boat’s past.

Jim and David Shields, along with Jerry Reitan, are restoring the “Nomrah,” after it spent several years in the protective custody of Bill Austin. Bill got it from me, along with several pages of scrapbook.

I’m the former owner of Cargo Hold, which was where I got to know Stan Baselt of Bremerton. The boat belonged to Stan and he was winding down his boating years, hoping to find a good home for his boat. I volunteered to take it.

According to some old letters, the Nomrah belonged to Harold Harkins of Snohomish prior to Stan’s ownership, and the old letters suggest he had it for quite a while. Sadly, the trail ends there.

As for the name, Nomrah, I haven’t found a Norwegian translation, but it does spell Harmon backwards. So, maybe that’s a clue?

I look forward to watching Stan’s face as he sees his boat fully restored and displayed for all to enjoy.

Marge Harrison


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