Naustgjale 1 og 2

There were two crofts called Naustgjale. The lower one was built around 1850 and was situated right below here – where the cottage “Solbu” is located. It was Ola Sivertsøn and his wife Olava Henriksdtr. who cleared this place. They had 5 sheep and “Sowed” 4 barrels of potatoes. In addition, Ola was a tailor. But after 1875 Ola became blind and then they moved here – where Naustgjale 2 was situated. It was probably the children (Lorns and Johannes) who helped them build this place. But this place was not long in existence.

After Ola moved from Naustgjale 1 something happened that was very unusual at the time: The farm owner (Hegdal) was searching for a new crofter for Naustgjale, and it had to be a competent man. But a woman without a man came to Naustgjale, Ragnhild Sivertsdtr. b.1837. Her mother was from Høsslandet and her father was a sailor who drowned when young.

About Ragnhild it was said: She can do everything better than a man. She was a strong woman with a good head on her shoulders. In the summer she was a milkmaid at Simadalen in Nordfjellet mountain, and in the winter she was “taus” (servant girl) at Hegdal. Additionally, she was a crew member on cargo sloops from Inderøy, which sailed to Trondheim with agricultural goods and returned with merchandise.

There is a story about Ragnhild: Once on a return journey on a cargo sloop from Trondheim, it could have come to a bad end if not for Ragnhild. The sloop owner and one of the crew had been partying in town just before departure, and was in no shape for the journey. The owner nevertheless gave the order to cast off. When they reached the Strindfjorden, bad weather hit them and the sea broke over the sloop.Ragnhild singlehandedly steered the sloop home, as the other 2 had fallen asleep under a canvas . Ragnhild was praised, but the other two was beat up by the sloop owners sons. The were supposedly teetotalers and did not approve of such behaviour.

Around 1900, Ragnhild began to struggle with her health, and moved to the Sjøenget where she lived for the rest of her life. The houses in Naustgjale were demolished and the land was returned to the farm again.