Sørland was the first Norwegian civilian vessel that were sunk by the Germans under the invasion of Norway, operation Weserübung, 9.April 1940. Sørland was in the same lane as the German Kampfgruppe V which included the light cruiser Emden and the heavy cruiser Blücher who steamed towards Oslo. She was taken under fire by the German R boats R 18 and R 19 early in the morning and caught fire. Captain Asbjørn Martinsen sat course for shore and beached her close to Elle lighthouse near Skiphelle. Two men out of the crew of six lost their lives in the engagement and fire. She was loaded with paper and combined with her wooden hull, she was totally burned down and destroyed by the fire. A few remains of her was found south of Skiphelle near Ekeberg farm on a depth of approximately 3 meter.

Former names:
Chansen, Randi, Motosa 92,4 x 18,2 x 11,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
107 grt
Risør ( S ) 1920 Molde ( N )

Picture: Sørland
Originally from skovheim.org

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