Argus was requisitioned by the German Kriegsmarine, and transported supplies for Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe in Northern Norway. 12.August 1943 on her way to Banak with ammunition and mines, fire broke out in the cargo room while she laid at anchor north of Lakselv. Attempts to get the ship away from the pier was made, but at 00:15 at night 13. August she exploded and sank right outside the pier. Number of casualties in the accident are disputed, but its stated that several hundred people might have lost their lives. The wreck was heavily salvaged after the war and the remains, except for the bow which was hauled uphill in the explosion, rest today on a depth of 10 to 18 meter in Hamnbukt, northeast of Lakselv.

Former names:

103,3 x 15,2 x 6,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3360 grt
Emden ( D ) 1920 ( D )

70° 5' 35" N, 25° 4' 38" E

Picture: Argus
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Last updated: December 2020