The steamer Selma went down in the deep after an explosion 11.January 1944 outside Nesodden She had been anchored outside Hellvik after the "Filipstad Accident" 19.December 1943. Ammunition ignited in Oslo harbor which devastated the harbor, several ships, and large parts of the city all the way up to Drammensveien close to the Royal Palace. A ship that laid not far from Selma when the accident happened was the German steamer Johann Faulbaum who escaped the accident unharmed, but was sunk later in Finnmark county. Selma who was loaded with 1200 tons of ammunition, was turned into a totally burned out wreck in the harbor. If the explosion occurred by sabotage or was an accident is still debated. 36 men lost their lives and another 400 were injured. She was towed out of the harbor and laid up at anchor outside Hellvik. As a curiosity, in the summer 1995 workers found and dug up a grenade in the Royal Castle park in Oslo, which originated from the Filipstad accident in 1943. The remains of her rest today on a depth of approximately 14 to 25 meter, about 150 meter southeast of the green pole outside Hellvikflu.

Former names:

Tons: Built: Home Port:
1414 grt
Kiel ( D ) 1924 Stettin ( D )

GPS: N 59 51.852 E 10 41.020

Picture: Selma
Courtesy of Erling Skjold / NSA
Last updated: January 2021