Peter Bornhofen


The steamer Kurland was built by C van Der Giessen & Sons in Krimpen in Holland, and was launched in 1919 for the Danish company Dansk Franske Damppskibselskab. Just like so many other civilian vessels at that time, she was chartered by the German Kriegsmarine under second world war and used as a transport. Under a Soviet air attack consisting of 36 airplanes 17.August 1944, she was critically hit and went down in Reinsundet under a journey to Kirkenes with military supplies. The Soviet lost nine planes in the assault, but sunk two freighters, Peter Bornhofen and Sebu, and shot down two German Messerschmidt BF 109 fighters. The wreck rest today on a depth of 25 to 55 meter in Kirkenes.

Former names:
Peter Bornhofen
72,9x 10,9x 5,0 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1345 grt
Ijssel ( NL ) 1919 ( DK )

Picture: Kurland
Maritiem Museum Rotterdam
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