The steam trawler Topaz was built by Cock, Welton & Gemell Cook in England, and was launched in 1895 for the British company Kingston Steam Trawling. She was sold to Sweden in 1910, and twenty years later she was sold to Norway. After the outbreak of world war two she was in Haugesund and continued her duty in the Norwegian home fleet. Under a journey from Haugesund to Sagvåg loaded with 35 tons of dynamite, she was attacked by British airplanes north of Haugesund 14. December 1941. The cargo of dynamite exploded and the crew of five men perished immediately. The battered remains of her rest today in shallow waters.

Former names:

100,0 x 20,8 x 10,8 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
149 grt
Hull ( UK ) 1895
Haugesund ( N )

Picture: Topaz
Courtesy of Sjøhistorie

Last updated: December 2020