Olaf Torgersen was born in 1885 in
Larvik, Norway. He left Norway in 1914 to work as a sea captain in China and Hong Kong,
where he captained a number of ships until returning to Oslo, Norway, with his wife in 1951.
The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Torgensen, including
identification cards and passports, his master's certificates and records related to his
service on various ships, and personal correspondence, ephemera, and articles.
Olaf Torgersen was born in 1885 in Larvik, Norway. He left Norway in 1914 to work as a sea
captain in China, where he captained a number of ships to various destinations around
Southeast Asia. He also met and married Mary Fischer while in China, who had four children
from a previous marriage, including Elsa Shelton Miller. On December 8, 1941, his ship was
captured by the Japanese Naval Forces in the waters near Shanghai. He was imprisoned for a
month in Shanghai before being sent to Sasebo, Japan, for questioning. He was eventually
released in June of 1942, but did not find work again for 3 and a half years. In 1951, he
and his wife returned to Norway and settled in Lillehammer.
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