Skjerstad

Nordland,Norway

20.May 1940 Skjerstad arrives in Bodø to receive new orders. The new orders consists of sailing British soldiers to Rognan and put them ashore there. After successfully delivering them she is laid up at anchor  close to shore 22.May and the crew prepare for supper. Suddenly three German Junker JU 87 Stukas from I/StG 1 arrives: The crew has spotted them and manage to abandon ship before the attack. Miraculously none of the bombs hit and theplanes returns without doing any harm. Same evening another six JU 87 appears on the sky and attacks, again without doing any harm. Last wave of planes comes at mignight when German He 111 planes from II/ KG 26 attacks. Skjerstad goes down three hours later.  The wreck rest today in two parts on a depth of 5 to 20 meter, approx forty meter from shore at the floating pier on the south side of the harbor.


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Skjerstad
Teutonia 47,2 x 7,9 x 3,5 m
     
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593 grt Göteborg ( S ) 1904 Bodø ( N )

67° 6' 24" N, 15° 23' 23" E


Picture: Skjerstad
Originally from skovheim.org