One of the anchors of MS Seattle
|Owner:||Hamburg America Line|
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|Launched:||28 March 1928|
|Out of service:||9 April 1940|
|Fate:||Sunk while under crossfire between attacking German warships and Norwegian coastal artillery.|
|Status:||Wreck located in 1998|
|Installed power:||5,400 HP|
|Propulsion:||Two-stroke diesel engine|
MS Seattle was a German cargo ship. The cargo on board varied, but she transported mostly timber and lumber. On the last trip she also carried 30,000 boxes of oranges. The last trip of the ship had been dramatic. She was taken under blockade in the Dutch Antilles. The blockade was broken, the ship escaped and the course was set northwards to Iceland. From there she traveled to Tromsø in Northern Norway, from where the ship had received permission from the neutral Norwegian authorities to sail around the Norwegian coast and into the Baltic Sea. Her last stop in Norway was Kristiansand, where she was forced to port by the Norwegian Navy vessel HNoMS Gyller 8 April.
The ship was at dawn 9 April 1940 on the way from Kristiansand when she came under crossfire between the German cruiser Karlsruhe and other German invaders and the Norwegian Odderøya Fortress. The Norwegian forces thought that she was a supply vessel that supported the German forces and began firing on her with their 150 mm cannons. She turned and headed back to the harbor of Kristiansand. Seattle was subjected to fierce shelling and caught fire. The crew went to the lifeboats while she was abandoned, burning. Once the crew came ashore, they were held as prisoners of war until the following day. Seattle was drifting to burn out for several days. She then started taking in water and sank.
Her wreck is a popular but highly dangerous target for divers. Several fatal accidents have occurred at the wreck.
- Kampen om Kristiansand by the German Rear Admiral Otto Schenk (1940) (in Norwegian)