The steamer Öregrund was laid down by Erik Brodins Varf AB in Gäfle in Sweden, and was launched in 1873. For then years she was extensively used in trade between England and Scandinavia, before she was sold to new owners in Norway in 1883.  She was renamed Biscaya and sailed on the route to Jenisej and Novaja Semlja through the Kara Sea. This route was given a lot of attention at that time since it was a rare thing that ships of this size sailed in those waters. But the new owners didn't receive much income from their new investment. On a journey from Blyth to Drammen loaded with coal, she hit ground south of Piggrunnene and sank 31 December 1896. The few scattered remains of her rest today about twenty meters from the outer pole at Piggrunnene outside Hankø, on a depth of 5 to 15 meter.

Former names:
Öregrund 58,0 x 10,0 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
684 grt
Gäfle ( S ) 1873 Arendal ( N )

59°11'26.3"N 10°45'14.0"E

Illustration photo: A ship launch at Erik Brodins Varf
Courtesy of Länsmuseet Gävleborg, Public domain

Last updated: February 2021