Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      BALTRIGER
Arrived:24 October 1929
Departed:19 August 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.
Voyage Record Cards give 24 October 1929 River Blackwater, 1930 No reports, 22 September 1931 London.
Departed 22 Sep 1931 [George Swieszkowski]

From British Newspaper Archive
19 Aug 1931 arrived Gravesend from River Blackwater (LJC - Liverpool Journal of Commerce 20 Aug 1931)
24 Aug 1931 at Deptford Buoys (Laid up) (LJC 24 Aug 1931)
17 Sep 1931 at Britannia Dry Dock (London) (LJC)
26 Sep 1931 BALTRIGER, Steamer, 1.143 tons gross. built 1917, owned by the United Baltic Corporation, London. -H as been sold to the Stavanger Steamship Company, Stavanger, and renamed RYFYLKE

Tonnage:1,113 gross
Built:1917
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:United Baltic Company
Official No:145064
ID1145064

BALTRIGER - laid up in River Blackwater 24 October 1929 to about 21 September 1931.

She was built 1917 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Yard No 127. Torpedoed and sunk Feb 5 1941. For more details see  ... Date: c1930.

Above:  BALTRIGER - laid up in River Blackwater 24 October 1929 to about 21 September 1931. She was built 1917 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Yard No 127. Torpedoed and sunk Feb 5 1941. For more details see ... Date: c1930.
Source: John Leather Collection


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