Vogtland was a refrigerated cargo steamer laid down by J.C Tecklenborg in Wesermünde and was launched in December 1916 for the German company HAPAG. After the end of the Great War in November 1918, she was confiscated by the British Admiralty as a prize of war. She was sold to Federal Steam Navigation Company in London and renamed to Cambridge. She operated on the route between England and Australia, and under a journey from Melbourne to Sydney she hit a mine laid out by the German auxiliary cruiser Passat 7. November 1940. Orders to abandon ship was given and 45 minutes later she disappeared in the deep. The sinking is historically significant as its one of the first Allied ships to be sunk in Australian waters in Second World War along with the loss of the steamer City of Rayville and the minesweeper HMAS Goorangai. The wreck was found in May 1988 by technical divers in Bass Strait, about 3,5 nautical miles southeast of Wilson Promontory on a depth of 67 meter.

Former names:
524,5 x 65,7 x 29,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
11066 grt
Wesermünde ( D ) 1916
London ( UK )

Picture: Cambridge
Courtesy of R. Wencker

Last updated: December 2020