The German factory ship Hamburg laid at anchor in Svolvær under the Allied attack against Lofoten 4.March 1941, called Operation Claymore. Under this combined attack of British and and small group of Norwegian soldiers, several factories, installations and buildings were destroyed. They also manage to sink ten ships. Number of prisoners after the operation counted 225 Germans and 15 presumably Norwegian NS-members. Hamburg laid at anchor in the industrial harbor in Svolvær harbor when a small group of British soldiers attacked. Several grenades exploded on the deck and the crew began to flee the ship. Two men of the crew however, stayed behind and opened up the flood pipes and soon after she sank, partly submerged. Some sources state that she was sunk by Allied soldiers, or by the British destroyer Tartar. But these statements are wrong and is believed to be part of the British propaganda after the operation. The wreck rest today on a depth of 7 to 25 meter close to shore at Osanpollen on the west side of Svolvær harbor.

Former names:
Emir, Polladern, Ilmar
128,0 x 16,6 x 8,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5532 grt / 3440 nrt
Bremen ( D ) 1911
Hamburg ( D )

  WGS84: 68 14,035 N E 14° 32,941 E

Pictures: Hamburg going down
Courtesy of the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum

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Last updated: December 2019