Birka was built in Flensburg in 1937 as a freighter for the company Hamburg Mathis, but was requisitioned by the German Kriegsmarine in late 1940 and rebuilt as a hospital ship. She got space for 120 beds and was put in service 5.September 1940. Birka sank after she sailed into a Russian mine field in the Alta fjord 26.May 1943. Its estimated that 115 men perished in the sinking. The official position is north of Sandland, and the wreck has not officially been found.

Former names:

77,8 x 10,4 x 3,2 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1000 grt
Flensburg ( D ) 1937 Hamburg ( D )
Official position: 70°25 N  21°40 E

Picture: Birka as a hospital ship
Courtesy of Kriegstote