Orizaba

Troms,Norway

The German freighter Orizaba tried to avoid the Allied blockade which was in effect after the outbreak of second world war, and was in a convoy with five other ships that tried to sneak out to the Atlantic ocean. They planned to sneak out through the neutral gap along the Norwegian coastline, but northbound  she  hit ground on Skjervøy 26.February 1940. She was soon abandoned and forgotten until parts of the cargo was salvaged in the late 1950s and 1960s. The wreck was also surveyed in 2008 by SFT because of the cargo which included mercury together with other potential environment risks. The wreck rest today on a depth of 25 to 40 meter.


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Orizaba

398,3 x 55,7 x 22,8 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4354 grt Hamburg ( D ) 1939 Hamburg ( D )

70° 4' 30" N, 20° 58' 37" E

Picture: Orizaba, unknown date
Courtesy of Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum