The January 1937 was marked by storms, as they occur rarely in such strength and durability. It had come off the coasts of Norway already to several ship losses by these weather conditions. On the night of the 20th of January, the “Savonmaa” fought near Kniplingsholmen by a storm, which had grown into a hurricane. Moreover blizzard reigned. She was under Captain Ragnar Bäckman on a drive from Vyborg near St. Petersburg via Helsinki to Manchester. The cargo consisted of paper and general cargo, which also includes grave stones were. What exactly that night on the “Savonmaa” took place is not known, since no one survived the tragedy following in order to tell about it can. Even otherwise eyewitnesses did not exist. At 1:30 clock an emergency call was received in Flekkerøy. But on the coast the power had collapsed due to the storm. Therefore, could not answer it. Only two Danish radio stations had contact with the “Savonmaa”. The nearest emergency vehicle was an old non-motorized rescue boats from Ny Hellesund who had but a hurricane little to counter. The first radio messages give the impression that “Savonmaa” was accrued on the reef of Ballastkjaerne. After a final radio message at 3:05 clock contact with the distressed vessel broke off. Help could be sent until the following morning, after the storm had abated. But the position that had the “Savonmaa” indicated, proved to be false. Only after hours of searching the heavily damaged “Savonmaa” was spotted by a fisherman from Flekkerøy at Kniblingen due to lying. The bug was already under water and wreckage were scattered in the area. Only the tail sticking out of the water yet. As they approached the emergency vehicles, was found by the crew no trace. The help came too late. None of the 26 men aboard had survived the tragedy. Today the remains of the “Savonmaa” lie in a depth between 18 and 25 m in Kniblingen.
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