Motor Wiking 168 - "Wolkenburg"


Motor Wiking 168 was a workhorse for the German civil transport organization Transportflotte Speer when she went down outside Tønsberg Tønne in October 1944. She had in her career used several names, and was also one of the many ships the Germans planned on using in Operation Seelöve in 1941, the invasion of Britain. For a period she sailed under the name Motor Wiking 168 and did service as a freighter under Einsatz Wiking, a sub unit for the German Orgaization Todt. The MW vessels were mainly confiscated or requisitioned vessels from occupied countries. From historical sources we can see that the MW lists stopped at number 190. In other words quite an impressive fleet. MW 168 was a Dutch river barge, confiscated by the German Speerflotte. She ran aground 3.October 1944 near Tønsberg Tønne. The wreck rest today on a depth of approx 15 to 20 meter at Blytampgrunnen.

Former names:
Motor Wiking 168
Valkenburg, Wolkenburg (?)

Tons: Built: Home Port:
305 grt
Rotterdam ( NL ) 1930 Moss? ( N )

Illustration photo: A river barge in the 1960s
Courtesy of British Pathe