|Builder: Joh. C. Tecklenborg A.G., Bremerhaven-Geestemünde, Germany
Year of build: 1905 (Yard no. 208)
Measures: GRT 5203,95, NRT 3258,32, DWT 7000, LOA 124,97 m, breadth 16,0 m, draught 8,52 m, 3000 bhp, 12,0 kn
WESTFALEN (1905 - 1944)
Owner: Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, Germany (1905 - 1938)
1914 laid up at Valparaiso, Chile
1920 transferred to Germany, back to Norddeutscher Lloyd
1932 operated by Deutsche Lufthansa
1933 converted to seaplane tender
Owner: Deutsche Lufthansa (1938 - 1939)
Owner: Luftwaffe (German airforce) (1939 - 1944)
08/09/1944 WESTFALEN departed Oslo for Germany with 200 German soldiers, 50 Norwegian and 25 German prisoners. On September 8th, while in heavy weather, Westfalen lost contact with her convoy and ran into a Swedish minefield. She hit two mines, broke in two and sank, off Stora Pölsan, Skaggerak. About 150 drowned. The prisoners were closed up in the most inhumane conditions deep below in the shaft room and had to stand up in order for others to sleep. When the two mines detonated, the prisoners were released. Panic broke out and all were fighting to get on board a lifeboat. Of the Norwegian prisoners, only 5 survived.
From the collection of my grandfather. Source unknown.