Finland,Baltic Sea

Middlebrough was built by Sir Raylton Dixon & Company in Middlesbrough, and was launched in 1882. She was sold a copuple of times before she ended up with Finnish owners in Helsinki under the name Notung and wwith Helsinki as port of registry in 1935. Four years later the Finnish Winter war broke out between Soviet Union and Finland. Fierce fighting erupted everywhere, and the sea lanes were no exception. Under a journey from Turku to England loaded with cellulose, she was attacked by Soviet airplanes outside Åland 14. January 1940. She was attacked with torpedoes and depth charges, but only one torpedo found its target. She started taking in water, and after a quick assessment the crew decided to abandon ship. The wreck rest today standing on her keel on a depth of 40 to 55 meter east of Sottunga in the shipping lane near Åland.

Former names:
Middlebrough, Jessie, Viola
75,7 x 7,6 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1278 grt
Middlesbrough ( UK ) 1882
Helsinki ( FI )

Last updated: December 2020