Vilhelm Krag


Nordpol was laid down by Northumberland Shipbuilding Company in Newcastle in 1898, and was launched in June 1899 for the Norwegian company Harløff & Bøe. She changed both nam e and owners a couple of times before she sailed for the company Dambskibselskapet Vilhelm Krag AS in Bergen. Under a journey from Genoa to Barry in ballast, she was stopped by the German uboat U-35 under command of Kapitänleutnant Lothar Von Arnauld de la Perière outside Lagos 24. April 1917. True to his chivalry rules, he gave the crew time to abandon ship before she was sunk by gun fire. The remains of Vilhelm Krag rest today on a depth of 29 to 36 meter southwest of Ponta Da Piedade outside Lagos. Also see the wreck of the steamer Torvore outside Sagres.

Former names:
Vilhelm Krag
Nordpol, Etna, Cassiopeia 340,0 x 48,0 x 35,9 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3715 grt Newcastle ( UK ) 1899 Bergen ( N )

37° 03' N, 8° 44' W
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Picture: Cassiopeia
Courtesy of Stavanger Maritime Museum

Last updated: August 2018