Under the invasion of Norway and Denmark in April 1940, the German Kriegsmarine had several support groups to fulfill their plans. One of these demands was fulfilled with transport of fuel which was transported in tankers of various sizes. Several of these were part of a Tanker staffel which was organized under Operation Weserübung. 12.April 1940 the German tanker Moonsund was spotted outside Larvik by the British submarine HMS Snapper under command of Lt.Commander William King. They fired several shots with their deck cannon and soon after she disappeared in the deep. Eight men of the crew died, and another six were taken prisoners. According to a SFT report, the wreck rest today on a depth of 120 meter south of Svenner lighthouse.

Former names:

224,1 x 35,2 x 13,5 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
327 grt
Randsburg ( D ) 1937 Hamburg ( D )

N 58 57 E 10 09
( Source: SFT )

Picture: Moonsund
Copyright © Theodor Dorgeist

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