Altair

Møre & Romsdal,Norway

Altair was laid down in Amsterdam in Holland, but was confiscated by the Germans already under construction in October 1941. She was launched the following year and put in service for the German Kriegsmarine. Protected by a "flakschiffe" ( anti aircraft ship ) she was northbound on the Norwegian coastline when they were attacked by three Handley Page planes from RAF squadron 489 outside Vevang 4.April 1943. They attack with torpedoes and guns and several torpedo hits are noted before they return to base. Altair start to sink, and soon after she disappear in the deep. Today the remains of her rest at Eknesskjær in Hustadvika. Wreck debris is scattered around the whole area on a depth of approx 20 meter, while the stern rest on a depth of 40 meter.


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Altair

145,4 x 18,3 x 7,9 m
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7258 grt Amsterdam ( NL ) 1942 Amsterdam ( N )

GPS: N:63°01,383' E:007°11,276

 
Picture: Altair sinking after the attack
Originally from skovheim.org