The steamer Ostmark was laid down in Le Havre in France in 1932, and did service as a ferry between France and England. After the German invasion of France in 1940, she was confiscated by the German Kriegsmarine and renamed Ostmark. She was after a fire put in dock and rebuilt as a minelayer, and put in service after having been outfitted with 105mm and 40mm cannons. In  early 1942 she was sent north to the Barents Sea and North Sea. In January 1945 she was ordered to evacuate refugees from Pillau, before she was sailed back to Denmark. 19.April 1945 Lothringen and Ostmark left the harbor of Kristiansted and headed for Copenhagen. At night 21.April outside Anhalt, they were attacked by five British planes. The opened up a ferocious anti-aircraft barrage, but after several sweeps Ostmark was hit by two bombs. One hit her midship, and the other one explodes in the ammunition room. She immediately got a dangerous listing and shortly after the crew had to abandon ship. The wreck rest today on a depth of 31 to 42 meter west of Halmstad.

Former names:
Cote d`Argent 103,0 x 13,7 x 3,7 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3047 grt Le Havre ( F ) 1932 Le Havre ( F )

GPS (ED50): D 56:37,911 12:16,078 
( Source: Vragguiden )

Picture: Cote d`Argent
Originally from skovheim.org

Last updated: November 2018