Baron Gautsch

Croatia,Adriatic Sea

The steamer Baron Gautsch was laid down by Gourlay Brothers & Company in Dundee, and was launched in May 1908 for Österreichischer Lloyd. After the outbreak of war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in 1914, all civilian ships were requisitioned by the navy for a short time. Baron Gautsch was used as a troop transport and military supply vessel the first months. She did four runs before she was returned to her owners in August. Under a journey from Kotor to Trieste with
passengers 13. August 1914, she hit a mine outside Rovinj and went down in the deep in a couple of minutes. It is believed that 147 people lost their lives in the accident. The wreck was found in 1958 and rest today standing on her keel as a classic Donald Duck wreck on a depth of 28 to 40 meter southwest of Rovinj. Also see the wreck of the Italian steamer Varese that also sank after a mine explosion in 1915.

Former names:
Baron Gautsch

84,5 x 11,6 x 7,5 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
2069 grt Dundee ( UK ) 1908 Trieste ( AH )

44°56.25′ N 13°34.40′ E

Picture: Baron Gautsch at sea
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Last updated: December 2020