Re: SATURNUS sunk 28.4.40
Posted by: Erling Skjold
Date: September 04, 2011 05:56AM
Several details regarding the Saturnus are known since the first postings in 2003.
She was damaged by German bombing 28.4.40 (leak), and was ordered to be scuttled by Commander senior grade (Kommandörkaptein) Aas from Krististiansund. The crew then scuttled her by opening the valves in the evening of 28.4.40. She sank ca 06.00 29.4.40.
She had no cargo left, as the final cargo was unloaded at Angvik 23.4.40 before she was laid up. She had been more or less laid up since 9.4.40, as she was ordered into Kristiansund 8.4.40 by a British destroyer at Stad, due to the "mining" there.
The Germans had of course no idea what cargo she carried, nor any idea what ship this was. They just bombed all available maritime targets in this area during the last days of April 40.