Seattle: Caught in the crossfire

In 1939 the German freighter Seattle escaped arrest at Curaçao. She made it all the way to Norway only to be caught in the crossfire on the morning of Operation Weserübung. Wreck Diving Magazine has the full story.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

After waiting impatiently for weeks and months in arrest at the Dutch Caribbean island, Captain Lehmann on board Seattle managed to escape.

Without any other navigational aids than the stars and an overview map of the Atlantic he made it all the way across the ocean to Norway, via Iceland.

Readers of Wreck Diving Magazine can enjoy this exciting story in full on a six-page feature in the latest issue of the magazine, which is now available online.

The 424 ft. wreck is an awesome sight. From the ouside she looks relatively intact, but Seattle is treacherous: Four divers have perished on the wreck since 1996.

Caught in the crossfire

Captin Lehmann's luck ran out when Seattle had sailed along the Norwegian coast all the way from Tromsø in the arctic to Kristiansand in the south.

» Read more: A controversial dive: M/V Seattle

In the early morning hours of April 9, 1940 the Germans implemented Operation Weserübung, the attack on Norway and Denmark. Seattle got caught in the crossfire between the Norwegian coastal defence positions and the German invasion fleet.

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WDM is published four times a year, and has received the California Wreck Divers Hall of Fame Award and was voted "Best Publication" by the Eurotek Dive Symposium.

The magazine has been published for nine years and is now available digitally through Zinio. Please click below to get a copy of the current issue - or sign up for a subscription!

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