Faeroe Islands,Europe

The steamer Sauternes was built in France and was launched in 1922.At the outbreak of world war two she was requisitioned by the British admiralty. After the German occupation of Denmark in 1940, the Faeroe Islands was occupied by British forces. She was also supplied by the British government, and the steamer was one of many ships assigned to supply the islands. On her way to Torshavn loaded with alcohol, fuel,, food, military supplies, christmas gifts and an amount of Danish currency, she sailed into a storm and had to seek shelter in Fugloyarfjørður. 7.December 1941 she went down with all hands lost. Six bodies were later recovered and buried in Klaksvik. The wreck was found in 1999, and in 2000 and 2001 two governmental approved diving expeditions were launched. Photos were taken on the wreck, and some items, including the ships bell, was raised from the wreck. She rest today on a depth of 100 meters in the sound of Fugloyarfjørður, north ot Torshavn.

Former names:

65,8 x 9,3 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1049 grt
Rouen ( F ) 1922
London ( UK )

Picture: Sauternes
Originally from

Last updated: October 2014