My father's mahogany cruiser Monalisa
4. Monalisa's sisters Ingalena and Elinor:
In 2007 something exciting happened, Monalisa's unknown sister Ingalena has appeared! She is almost identical with Monalisa and it's placed in Stockholm. I have come into contact with Christoffer who owns Ingalena or Norröna that was it's original name.
Ingalena, photo by Christoffer.
He told me also that there should be even one more sister boat to Monalisa, Elinor, maybe in Finland. Who could believe that there were several such sister boats, I have been offered to come out and take a look at Ingalena on occasion.
One day in May 2008 I took a trip out and meet the owner of Ingalena, Christoffer. Imagine seeing this boat almost identical to the boat Monalisa, it was 44 years ago I saw her in the original condition. I was not old then but now when I have Ingalena in front of me I remember all the details! Christoffer and his father tells excitedly about how they found Ingalena and all the work they have put into her. A little frightened I become when he shows the hole in the hull, they have taken out a large wooden board and there gapes a huge hole. I thought, they will never get Ingalena in the sea again, but have later heard that she is floating in the water safely.
When I visited Christoffer I could take some photos of Ingalena. It's not only photos of almost an identical boat that my father had, it's in the original condition as it was when my father bought Monalisa 1964.
When I see these photos my memory wakes up and I remember all the details.
Sometimes I helped my father with the renovation of Monalisa. I scratched and sanded the mahogany which was in a terribly condition at that time.
In that time, the 1920s, they use brass metal.
The lantern, made of brass. I must really thanks Christoffer and his father that invited me to see Ingalena, so lot of memories.
Christoffer is telling his story about Ingalena:
"Ingalena name is Norröna according KMK's papers from the 1920s. She was registered there from 1921-28. The owner was then Mr. Göransson. The boat has also been registered in the name of Jago KMK's membership record from 1939. Both Jago and Norröna are unusual name and the holes after the letters in the nameplate in the bow tell us it's correct. The boat's technical data exactly matches the documents technical data. It shows that the engine was a Penta with 4 cylinders and 12 hp, which gave a top speed of 8 knots. Usually the boats had very strange names at the beginning of the century. It was not to the same owner would have boats with the same name in documents. Even male names appear and nonsense names and abbreviations."
Read here about Christoffer's exciting detective work and renovation of the cruiser Ingalena (Norröna):
Last time I talked to Christoffer in 2018 he told me that he had sold Norröna and bought the much bigger Thelma. You find information about Thelma at his link above.