Hans Leonhardt

Møre & Romsdal,Norway

The steamship Hans Leonhardt was 1.June 1944 sailing in convoy Kr186Al northbound with the steamer Florida and four German guard boats when they were attacked in the evening by British airplanes from the aircraft carriers HMS Furious, HMS Victorious and HMS Frencer in Åramsundet She was loaded with ammunition and hay, and under the attack the hay caught fire and the crew had to abandon ship. She drifted north and thirty minutes after she literally exploded when the ammunition on board ignited. Two other ships were also mortally wounded under the attack and were beached. After second world war some inventory and goods was salvaged from the wreck by the Norwegian company Høvding, but the wreck itself was left in peace. The wreck was "found" again in 1985 by divers on a depth of approx 36 meter, ,her hull mostly flattened out except for a small part of her bow.

Former names:
Hans Leonhardt
Transport A47 399,8 x 55,.9 x 20,7 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4174 grt  Rostock ( R ) 1938 Hamburg ( D )

62 12,2 N - 05 25,7 E

Picture: Hans Leonhardt, taken by a German soldier
( Hans Leonhardt on the left )
Originally from skovheim.org