The steamer Merka was built by Boele's Scheepswerven & Machinefabriek in Holland. and was launched in 1920 for the Dutch company Van Nievelt. She was sold to Germany and the company Kohlen Import Poseidon Schiffahrts AG in Königsberg in 1927, and renamed Ostpreussen. As was the fate for many ships at that time, she was requisitioned by the German Kriegsmarine after the outbreak of world war two and used as a mine ship ( ? ) She was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine HMS Trident in the strait of Kvænangfjord outside the island Spildra 22.August 1941. The wreck of Ostpreussen has not yet been located.

Former names:
99,3 x 14,4 x 7,4 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3030 grt
Boele ( NL ) 1920
Köningsberg ( D )

Official position 70°12 N, 21°5 E

Picture: Merka
Originally from skovheim.org

Last updated: June 2018