Nordvard was captured by the German auxiliary cruiser Pinguin in the Indian Ocean in September 1940. She then sailed with a German crew to Bordeaux in France, where she was requisitioned by the German Kriegsmarine. The prisoners from Nordvard were in May 1941 sent back to Norway with the German steamship Donau after several months in prison camps. Late in the war she was designated as a mother ship for German S- R and E- boats. Loaded with torpedoes and depth charges, she was bombed in Moss harbor during an Allied air raid 28.December 1944 against the cities of Horten and Moss. Also see the the tanker Holmengraa and U 735 that was also sunk during the raid. The wreck rest today together with Alstein on a depth of 25 to 45 meter right outside the building of "Aktiemøller" in Moss harbor

Former names:

115,1 x 16,5 x 6,9 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4111 grt
Malmö ( S ) 1925 Sarpsborg ( N )

59° 26' 23" N, 10° 39' 23" E

Picture: Nordvard
Courtesy of Norwegian Maritime Museum

Last updated: January 2021