The tanker Holmengraa was built in 1943, but was never put in service under Norwegian flag. The Germans had a great need for tankers during the war, and instantly confiscated her when she was launched. She was bombed and sunk 28.December 1944 during an Allied air strike tasked with sinking the German cruiser Köln. They didnt fint the cruiser, but instead spotted Holmengraa, Nordvard and U 735 which all were sunk. Holmengraa was hit in the cargo hold while she laid at anchor, and thirteen people of her crew lost their lives. The wreck was located by divers in 1994 on a depth of 72 to 80 meter north of Løvøya and Horten. The wreck was surveyed by SFT in 1996 and 2000.

Former names:

26,3 x 6,4 x ? m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
791 grt
Bergen ( N ) 1945 Bergen ( N )

GPS: 59'26.855   E: 010'30.150

Picture: Holmengraa
Originally from skovheim.org
Nils Vik, private collection

Last updated: September 2019