Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      BALTRIGER
Arrived:24 October 1929
Departed:21 September 1931
Career:Vessel alternatively quoted as BALTRIGGER, BALTRICER and BALTRICIA.
Built: Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen (Kjobenhavns Flydedok og Skibsvaerft, Yard No. 127)
Steam: twin-screw, 1100 HP, service speed 12.8 knots
Built as ST. CROIX for East Asiatic Company West Indies service. Sold to United Baltic Corporation and renamed Baltriger, June 1920. Resold to Stavanger S.S. Co. and renamed RYFYLKE, 1933. Torpedoed and sunk February 1941.
WW II: Requisitioned by the Germans in Apr.-1940, laid up in Oslo and in use as accommodation vessel, but returned to Stavangerske in Nov. that same year and hired out to Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim for use in Hurtigruten Bergen-North Norway. When northbound in Hurtigruten on Febr. 5-1941 she was shelled and sunk by the British submarine SEALION (Bryant), off Honningsvåg, Stadt (a newspaper article says she was southbound). Crew and passengers were allowed to go in the lifeboats before the ship was sunk. 2 lifeboats with 45 people were picked up by the rescue vessel CHRISTIAN BUGGE.
She does not appear in the Oyster Company ledger which starts 2 January 1931.
Voyage Record Cards give 24 October 1929 River Blackwater, 1930 No reports, 22 September 1931 London.
Tonnage:1,113 gross
Built:1917
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:United Baltic Company
Official No:145064
ID1145064

BALTRIGER was laid up in River Blackwater 24 October 1929 to about 21 September 1931. See BOXB8_001_001_002 for rear of photograph which contains a full history. Date: c1930.

Above:  BALTRIGER was laid up in River Blackwater 24 October 1929 to about 21 September 1931. See BOXB8_001_001_002 for rear of photograph which contains a full history. Date: c1930.
Source: John Leather Collection


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