Fleurus was laid down in Savannah in the USA just after first world war, and put in service for the French Navy. In 1924 she was sold to Norway and refitted for civil duty. In 1934 Fleurus was sold to Thorodd AS and renamed to Thorodd. In the spring of 1940 she was put in service as a neutrality guard boat for the Norwegian navy and sent northwards and used among other things to transport POW's. She experienced a few smaller engagements with the German invasion force in Aprkl and May 1940. before she sailed to England. Here she was quickly rebuilt to a minesweeper and put in service clearing mines along the Scottish coastline. In September 1944 she was taken out of service and spent the rest of the war being laid up. After the war she returned to Norway and was put in civil service again under several different owners.
Under a  a journey from Karmøy to Tofte 6.October 1955. her cargo shifted and she capsized and went down in the deep. The wreck rest today on a depth of 15 to 25 meter southeast of Risør.

Former names:
46,1x 7,7x 4,1 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
452 grt
Savannah ( US ) 1919 Kopervik ( N )

N58˚ 41. 012′ E 009˚ 14. 103
( Source:Dykkeblogg )

Picture: Thorodd
Originally from
Courtesy of Bergen Maritime Museum