Skytteren

Sweden,Europe

Suevic was laid down as a passenger liner by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, and was launched in March 1901 for White Star Lines. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty after the outbreak of world war one, and served as a troop transport and supply vessel during the war. In 1928 she was sold to the Norwegian whaling company Finnhval AS and rebuilt to a whale factory. After the German invasion of Denmark and Norway in April 1940, she was interned in Gothenburg in Sweden. Together with ten other ships she tried to escape her internment and sat sail for England 31. March 1942. The next day they were spotted by German navy forces and it was decided to scuttle her with demolition charges. One man lost his life in the sinking, while the rest of the crew were taken prisoners. 20 men lost their lives in German prison camps. The wreck rest today on a depth of 74 meter near Måseskär southwest of Lysekil.


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Skytteren
Suevic
550,2 x 63,3 x 33,3 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
12358 grt
Belfast ( UK ) 1901
Tønsberg ( N )


Picture: Skytteren
Courtesy of Sjøhistorie


Last updated: December 2020