Sanct Svithun


Sanct Svithun was sunk 30.September 1943 by six British airplanes under a journey from Ålesund to Måløy. When she got attacked she was clearly marked with national colors identifying her as a civilian and unarmed vessel. After the attack she was still afloat and was soon after beached at Ervika. The sinking of St. Svithun appears to have been hushed down or ignored at the time by both the British and the Norwegian exile authorities, and even the number of casualties wasn't fully verified. It is believed that 41 people lost their lives, while 75 people survived after heroic actions from the local population in Ervika. The only official statement at that time came from the national authorities in Norway. A formal complaint was delivered to the British and Norwegian exile government in England, but received no answer. Considering the level of propaganda from both sides under second world war its difficult to verify all details and the truth behind them. The beached wreck was slowly grinded to bits the following days, before she disappeared and sunk in deeper waters. The few scattered remains of her rest today at Buholmen outside Ervika on a depth of 15 to 30 meter.

Former names:
Sanct Svithun

236,0 x 35,2 x 21,3 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1376 grt Danzig ( D ) 1927
Stavanger ( N )

Picture: Sanct Svithun
Originally from ( 1997 )
From Bjørn Milde's postcard collection