Mr Knud Paust Rommetvedt was born in Halland, Stavanger, Norway on 11 February 1863.
He was the son of Anders Helgeson Rommetvedt (1836-1915) and Malena Hallvarsdatter (1837-1921). His father was a school teacher, at one point a headmaster, and also dabbled in local politics, having been the mayor of Halland for a period.
He had ten siblings: Helge Andreas (b. 1859), Hallvard Olai (b. 1861), Gunnhild Malena (b. 1865), Elen Karina (b. 1867), Anna Serine (b. 1869), Tollak Gjertinius (b. 1871), Malena Andrea (b. 1873), Hans Jakob (b. 1874), Else Maria (b. 1877) and Hanna Olava (b. 1880).
Knud had worked at sea from a young age, rising to the rank of skipper on old sailing ships before training to skipper steamers. He was married in 1888 to Berta Tomine Lars Andreasdotter (b. 12 December 1867) and had two sons: Anders Malenius (b. 1891) and Lars Andreas Ingolf (b. 1909). The family lived on a farm in Halland.
In 1912 Knud was to become second officer on the ship SS Norheim, docked in Philadelphia. To join that ship. He was travelling with two other Norwegian men destined for work on Norheim, Hans Birkeland and Albert Moss. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers with Knud travelling on ticket number 312993 which cost £7, 15s, 6d and it is believed the three men shared a cabin on F-deck's forward portside.
On the night of the sinking Knud and his cabin mates were asleep but were awakened by a shudder running through the ship. The three men dressed and left their cabin, joining other steerage passengers who were gathering on the aft well deck. From here they watched several lifeboats depart. Albert Moss became separated from his two friends after returning to his cabin and he never saw them again.
Rommetvedt died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Tomine and children received £120 in assistance from the Mansion House relief fund.
Tomine never remarried and her eldest son ran the farm. She died in Sola, Norway on 29 April 1950.
His son Anders later married but had no children; he died on 23 November 1960 in Sola. His son Lars was married, raised two children and, like his father, worked at sea. He died on 10 October 1992.
Per Kristian Sebak
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