Finnish steamer Esterthorden, anyone know more about it?

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Finnish steamer Esterthorden, anyone know more about it?

Post  Opaque Hornet on Wed 17 Dec 2014 - 1:18











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What cargo it may have carried?



26 July - 08 August 1940: Operates in northern waters against merchant shipping supported by supply ship Dithmarschen. On 4 August, captures the Finnish steamer 26 July - 08 August 1940: Operates in northern waters against merchant shipping supported by supply ship Dithmarschen. On 4 August, captures the Finnish steamer
26 July - 08 August 1940: Operates in northern waters against merchant shipping supported by supply ship Dithmarschen. On 4 August, captures the Finnish steamer 26 July - 08 August 1940: Operates in northern waters against merchant shipping supported by supply ship Dithmarschen. On 4 August, captures the Finnish steamer Esterthorden that is sent to Tromsø with a prize crew. that is sent to Tromsø with a prize crew.



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that is sent to Tromsø with a prize crew. that is sent to Tromsø with a prize crew.



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Re: Finnish steamer Esterthorden, anyone know more about it?

Post  kaii on Tue 5 May 2015 - 0:55

The Finnish steamer "Esthér Thordén" carried timber bound for the US, as well as roughly 1,7 tons of gold, presumably from the Finnish gold reserves. It has been speculated that the gold was on its way to the US to finance Finnish purchase of weapons and equipment, but the Germans saw it as contraband and sent the ship to Norway with a prize crew.

What happened later I am not sure.

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Post  Opaque Hornet on Tue 5 May 2015 - 2:00

Thankyou Kaii. One can't help but wonder at this and other prizes, that being German captains setting up retirement plans with some of the loot.

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