Dronning Maud


The steamship Dronning Maud was northbound when the Germans invaded Norway in April 1940. In Kirkenes she was asked to transport a military medic company from Alta to Foldvik. The need for hospital ships were big, and she was marked with Red Cross so there should be no doubt about the intention of the vessel. The journey to Foldvik went without any problems, but when they was about to dock in the harbor 1. May 1940, two German airplanes showed up and attacked her. She got hit and a fire broke out. To protect the harbor she was towed out to a reef where she was left burning. The day after German planes again attacked her and this time they succeeded in sinking her.The wreck rest today standing on her keel on a depth of approx 25 to 40 meter in Gratangen.

Former names:
Dronning Maud

75,6 x 11,5 x 4,8 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1488 grt Fredrikstad ( N ) 1925 Trondheim ( N )

GPS: N 68 41,917 E.17 26,367

Picture: Dronning Maud
Courtesy of Hurtigrutemuseet