The lookout post announces - "Land by sight!" This was "Siggen
på Bömmelöen" which he sighted. Roald Amundsen
on his polar ship "Fram" saw again in this way his fatherland.
Siggjo and Bømlo were by all times through the first guiding
points, the coming home navigators of their homeland saw.
After the last ice age the people farther pulled up the coast. The
coast with Bømlo with their numerous skerries, sunden and
cross-beams was suitable extremely well for the fishing. In the first
time they were pulling hunter's trunks, here later, however, the
people became more settled. The oldest settlements from the Stone
Age on Bømlo are approximately 1000 years old.
Approximately 9000 years ago began the hunters and collectors out
to the greenstone which was found on the Hespriholm to make diveces.
In fragile boats produced from hides they get to the dross-beam,
broke the stone out and brought him after to Langevåg.
In Langevåg had the "green-stone-people". Here the
green stone was processed by the Hesprholm many during thousend years
to devices and weapons. Quarries and settler's places from the stone
age the green stone was applied much more frequently with the production
by axes. The known archaeologist Haakon Shetelig named Bømlo
the "legends country"
The history of fishing
Bømlo, whose inhabitants were fishermen and farmers, were
always connected closely with the sea. About 1830 big herring dreams
came to the west coast from Bømlo.
Espevær had lain for the fishing positively and the "Baadehuset" (today
museum) was in the middle of centre.
Espevær was later to the center for the lobster enclosures
- from now the lobster from the lobster enclosures was shipped in
the home and foreign country. Espevær was also important at
the beginning of 20th century, when the mackerel catch with the troll
was an important branch of industry in the North Sea. Also to this
day many work Bømloer in the fishing, the ship trip and the
By the end of 19th century experienced Bømlo a big "economic
adventure". A small boy found gold and released with it a proper
gold fever. About 1885, when it went up here most hectic several,
hundre men worked in the gold mines with Lykling. Altogether approximately
140 kgs of pure gold were found.
Bømlos beuere industrial history bagan in 1903 in the Wichmannforges
in Rubbestadneset. Here the first boat engine was produced - the
prelude to the Wichmann engine factory, the current Wärtsilä Norway
AS. Round this Operation many other high-technological, with the
sea and the ship trip connected enterprises have appeared.
The 1000-year-old anniversary and the church laws
In 1995 it was celebrated on Bømlo largely. It was namely
just 1000 years when Olav Tryggvason went ashore with Moster, a tent
hit read and a fair held. Later the tradition of the Service has
been maintained in Norway continuously.
1024 Olav Haraldsson (saint) came to the Mostrathing, to dimiss the