Vegesack was a German blockade runner who had sailed from Colombia and taken the route south of Island and down the Norwegian coast to avoid British naval units. She was camouflaged as a Danish vessel named Birte. At Midtfjøra she ran aground in the evening at Midtfjøra outside Tananger 7.September 1939. They managed to salvage and unload the cargo, but attempts to re-float her was unsuccessful. She was stuck on the reef for years, and after Second World War the Norwegian salvage company Stavanger Skipsopphuggning started to break her up. They salvaged almost half of the wreck from bow and mid ship, and the remains of her rest today on the east side of Midtfjøra on a depth of 15 to 22 meter, and on the north side of the reef on 50 to 60 meter. Also see the adjacent wreck of the steamer Walter.

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Tons: Built: Home Port:
4061 grt Glasgow ( UK ) 1911 Bremen ( D )

58° 55' 51" N, 5° 32' 36" E

Picture: Vegesack
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