Biscaya

Viken,Norway

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 put in service 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 not usual that ships of this size sailed these 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 some twenty meters away from the outer pole at Piggrunnene outside Hankø, on a depth of 5 to 15 meter.


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Biscaya
Öregrund
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
684 grt
Gäfle ( S ) 1873 Arendal ( N )


Picture: A ship being launched at Erik Brodins Varf
Courtesy of Länsmuseet Gävleborg, Public domain