Oldenburg

Vestland,Norway

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.


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Oldenburg
Pungo, Möve, Greenbier 117,0 x 15,0 x 9,0 m
     
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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