Finland,Baltic Sea

Riilahti was a Finnish Ruotsinsalmi class mine layer laid down by Chrichton Vulkan AB in Åbo, and was launched in December 1940 for the Finnish Navy. She had an active service under second world war with laying mines,patrols and transport of troops. She took part in the battle at Someri in July 1942, where she provided fire support for the hard Finnish pressed infantry. She came in contact with Soviet boats in the bay of Finland 23. August 1943. She was sunk by a torpedo from the Soviet motor torpedo boat TK 94 which broke her in two. She went down immediately and 23 men lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck rest today five nautical miles outside the island of Tiiskeri on a depth of 70 meter and is considered a war grave.

Former names:

164,1 x 25,1 x 4,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
310 displ ( std )
Åbo ( FI ) 1940
Helsinki ( FI )

Picture: Riilahti in 1942
Courtesy of National Museum, Public domain

Picture: From the wreck of Riilahti
Courtesy of MTV Uutiset

Last updated: June 2019