Achen was built in Wesermünde and was launched in 1923. She was widely used in the iron ore transport, and under the German invasion of Norway in April 1940, she laid at anchor in Narvik harbor. In the days to come Narvik was the scene of fierce fighting between Allied and German forces. and several ships went down in the deep. Achen was not sunk under these attacks, but went down later 19 or 20 April 1940. After the war many wrecks were raised or scrapped to clear up the ship lane in to the harbor. In 1951 Achen was raised, renamed to Oakhill and put in tow southbound to Kristiansand.
Outside Bessaker the cable broke and she drifted ashore at Buholmsråsa 1.December 1951. The wreck rest today in two parts on a depth of 5 to 50 meter.

Former names:

459,8 x 56,4 x 30,3 f

Tons: Built: Home Port:
6388 grt Wesermünde ( D ) 1923 Kristiansand ( N )

Picture: Aachen
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