In "The Great war" between 1914 to 1918 Germany used several armed merchantmen as raiders to capture or sink the enemy's ships. One of these ships that had such a task was the steamer SMS Möve. She laid mines and completed two successful raids and is credited with sinking or capturing a staggering 45 ships. In contrary to many other similar vessels doing this dangerous duty, she survived the war. After the armistice she was put in civil traffic again, and lived a quiet life until the outbreak of the second world war. Again she was put in service for the German navy, this time as a freighter. She did twenty tours along the Norwegian coast before she was attacked and sunk by British Bristol Beaufighters airplanes 7.April 1945 in the Sognefjord. The wreck rest today on a depth of 24 to 75 meter, some fifty meter from shore outside the small town of Vadheim.

Former names:
Pungo, Möve, Greenbier 117,0 x 15,0 x 9,0 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4595 grt Wesermünde ( D ) 1914 Bremen ( D )

N 61° 12' 40", E 5° 49' 03"
( Source: Vragguiden )

Picture: Oldenburg
Originally from skovheim.org

Last updated: April 2017