RO-20 Wolsum


The Dutch freighter Wolsum was built by Vuijk & Sonen in Ijssel in Holland, and was launched in 1921. After the German occupation of Holland in May 1940 she was was confiscated by the German Kriegsmarine and renamed RO-20. While at anchor in Kirkenes loaded with ammunition, she was bombed by Soviet IL-2 airplanes 16.September 1944. She was put on fire, and due to her dangerous cargo, she was towed out of the harbor. Not long after parts of her cargo ignited and she soon went down in the deep. The wreck rest today on a depth of approx 70 meter between Hølen and Reinøya outside Kirkenes city.

Former names:
Wolsum 109,7 x 14,7x 7,0 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3668 grt
Ijssel ( NL ) 1921
Emden ( D )