E. Russ
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ID: 1094 Name: E. Russ
Inserted: 16.11.2012 Monument: 30210
Country of origin: England
Dating: 20th century Construction Year: 1909
Date Wrecked: 15.09.1919 Propulsion: steamship
Address: Territorial sea, Läänemeri
Found: Yes Purpose: merchant ship
Vessel Type: steamer Coordinates: 59:12.577 N 22:38.076 E
Open map: Open map
History: Built in Germany at the Stettin Oderwerke Shipyard in 1909. Originally it belonged to the German shipping company Ernst Russ, but on 2 July 1919 had been given to England.
Cargo: foodstuff, footwear, cars, motorbikes, medical supplies
Story of Sinking: On 15 September 1919, after a two-week journey from Bordeaux to Tallinn, the steamship reached Tahkuna Peninsula, where on a stormy sea at 4 a.m. in the morning it struck a floating mine. Even though the sailor on watch saw the mine it was too late to save the ship. The ship sank within 15 minutes. Thw crew of 27 along with 8 passengers all survived. One member of the crew was injured in the explosion.
Object Data: length 93.3 meters, width 13.4 meters, tonnage 2439 brt
Material: shipbuilding steel
Description of Location: N from Tahkuna Peninsula, at a depth of ca 32 meters. Hiiumaa.
Archival Reference: ERA 73.1.614 ERA 73.2.63 ERA
Resource Links & Literature: Tallinna Teataja 17.09.1919 dea.nlib.ee/fullview.php Meie Maa 20.09.1919 dea.nlib.ee/fullview.php Meie Maa 24.09.1919 dea.nlib.ee/fullview.php Mäss, V. 2013. Allveearheoloogilised tööd Soome lahel ja Läänemerel 2012. aastal. Välitööde aruanne. Roio, M. 2013. Archaeological Finds and Archival Sources: Comparison and Interpretation. - Roio, M. (toim). Shipwreck Heritage: Digitizing and Opening Access to Maritime History Sources. Tallinn: Muinsuskaitseamet, 197-213. www.etis.ee/portal/portaal/tTpublikatsioonidVaata.aspx miramarshipindex.org.nz
Notes: After the accident, everything that could be salvaged from the vicinity of E.Russ and the beach was collected and brought to Haapsalu by the coast guard, Kärdla police and local residents, and then on 30 September sent to Tallinn by train. Goods to a value of US $ 11 631.10 were retrieved: a few dozen barrels of spirits (3 400 litres), about 100 boxes of medicines, a box of food, three car tyres, 20 empty, rusted and broken metal dishes, a few barrels of turpentine, 13 wooden cart frames, one barrel of vinegar and three life rings.
Discovery Date: 2011
Discoverer: Estonian Maritime Administration

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