North Sea Drama 1938

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  • It was a very hard storm ,about Beaufort 8.
    About 0400 in the morning on april 4. the" Pegawah" called SOS about 26 sm west of the dutch island Terschelling.
    KdF ship "Wilhelm Gustloff" under Cap.Lübbe saved the crew of 19 in a dangerous action with a motorboat under command of his second officer and 9 crewmen.
    The high sea tug "Holland" from Terschelling station( dutch island) and the high sea tug "Albatross" from Borkum station(german island) were not able to help because Pegawah had gone already to the ground.
    Holland was built in 1815 on the Smith`s dock in Middlesborough for the Royal Navy as a U-boot fighter, especially for ramming.
    ,named Beluga.1946 broken up in Hendrik Ido Ambacht (NL)
    See : Untergang vor Borkum ISBN978-386927-401-0
    H. Zuehlke,Curator ,Heimatmuseum Borkum,Germany

    inseldoc 7th Jan 2013

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