Martha

Finnmark,Norway

The steamer Martha was on a journey from Arkangelsk to Bergen when she hit ground near Cape Orlow in the White sea. Damaged, but still afloat, she continued towards Kongsfjorden to get rid of her cargo of wood. On her way she started to leak, and Captain Hannevig decided to seek shelter in the fjord and stop the leak. 20.November 1909 Martha went down while she laid at anchor. The following day the rescue and salvage steamer Parat arrived from Tromsø to survey the wreck and maybe refloat her. The conclusion however, was to abandon the wreck since it would not be economically safe to attempt such a risky operation. The wreck rest today on a depth of 35 to 50 meter near Berlevåg in Kongsfjord, resting on her keel as a classic "Donald Duck" wreck.


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Martha
Cleveland
275,0x 37,0x 20,0 f
     
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2039 grt
Hartlepool ( USA ) 1886 Horten ( N )

70° 42' 49" N, 29° 21' 7" E


Picture: Martha
Norwegian Maritime Museum