The steamer Donau with a size of 9035 tons was usually transporting supplies during the war, and Norwegian Jews to Germany in 1942. On her last voyage she was loaded with equipment for the Austrian mountain rangers in Norway. She was sabotaged by Max Manus and Roy Nielsen with a " little help " from a few Limpet mines which he placed under the waterline on her hull in Oslo harbor. It was meant that these mines should sink Donau in open waters, but the mines went off too early and the captain was able to beach her at Skiphelle. This happened 17.January 1945 and there she was left with her stern above the waterline until 1953. Einar Høvding who had the rights to salvage the old war vessels in Norwegian waters towed the wreck to Oslo for scrapping. One of her ship bells are displayed today in Norways Resistance Museum in Oslo. Its just some of the cargo left on the wreck site today, and this includes remains of trucks and boogies just outside the small pier at Skiphelle, south of Drøbak The remains rest on a depth of 15 to 25 meter, and some trucks,a motorcycle and other remains on a depth of 60 meter.

Former names:

166,4 x 19,4 x 8,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
9043 grt
Hanburg ( D ) 1929 Bremen ( D )

59° 38' 13" N, 10° 38' 31" E
( Source: Dykkepedia )

Picture: Donau
Passagierlisten DE

Picture: Skiphelle,south of Drøbak
Nils Vik, private collection ( 2002 )

Last updated: September 2019