Bungsberg (ship)

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History
Name: Bungsberg
Namesake: Bungsberg, at 168 metres (551 ft) the highest point in Holstein
Builder: Howaldtswerke, Hamburg, Germany
Laid down: 1924
Fate: Sunk by mine 24 March 1943
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 1,504 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 76.4 m (251 ft)
Installed power: 143 hp (107 kW)

Bungsberg (originally named Eva, factory body number 646) was a cargo ship built in 1924 at Howaldtswerke in Hamburg, Germany, for China Reederei AG. She had three sister ships:

  • Troja - hull no 643 (Deutsche Levante-Linie, Hamburg, 1922)
  • Kreta - hull no 644 (Bremer Dampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft, Bremen, 1923)
  • Syra - hull no 645 (Deutsche Levante Linie, Hamburg)

Bungsberg was sunk in Tallinn Bay off the Soviet Union′s Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic on 24 March 1943 by a mine laid by a Soviet airplane. Bungsberg′s last owner was Aug. Bolten Wm Miller's Nachfolger (GmbH & Co.) KG.

Today, Bungsberg′s wreck is a popular dive site for recreational divers. She lies on her keel in an upright position at a depth of 38 meters (125 feet). Her funnel and after mast are missing, as are the upper structures of her bridge. Damage from the mine explosion is clearly visible on her starboard bow. All four of her cargo holds are empty.

Some papers retrieved from Bungsberg′s wreck and her engine order telegraph are kept at the Estonian Maritime Museum in Tallinn, Estonia.

General characteristics[edit]

  • Displacement 1,504 tons
  • Length: 75,9 m
  • Width: 11,6 m
  • Triple expansion steam engine

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Coordinates: 59°30′N 24°36′E / 59.500°N 24.600°E / 59.500; 24.600