Posted by Erik Skovheim firstname.lastname@example.org
on October 22, 2001.
German vessel used as prison vessel? Name Palatia,sunk under an allied airattack(?) outside Kristiansand under ww2. Anyone got tech info and a more complete history? Cargo? Destination....everything needed:-)
Posted by Axel van Eesbeeck email@example.com
on October 22.
Palatia (ex. russian steamer Khasan)
Owner: Hamburg-Amerikanischen Packetfahrt-Aktien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG)
size: 3.979 BRT
Palatia was sold to russia on 15.07.1940 and renamed in Khasan. Captured at Baltisch Port (Tallin)on 22.06.1941 and renamed again to Palatia.
The ship left Kristiansand on 21.10.1942 with 999 russian POW and 135 guard and crew. Alltogether 1134 people. After 1 hour she was torpedoed by an aircraft of the 489. Squadron RNZAF (Flying Officer Richardson). Palatia sank at Sangnvaar lighthouse. 954 people died. 180 survived
One source says the ship was captured at Stettin on 22.06.1941.
Axel van Eesbeeck