The remains of this WWII German gunboat is thought to have been cleared away from alongside dock during the development of Yacht Havens Dry Stacks in Oreston, Plymouth.
WWII German Torpedo Boat
The 29.5m long Baltic Surveyor was built in 1943-4 in the Kroger shipyard at Hamburg as a gunboat for the German Navy. The hull was designed for high speeds and torpedo warfare. The story of this ship between the end of the war and 1976 is unknown, as is how she was given her name.
In 1976 the Baltic Surveyor was bought by Mr Watkiss with the intention that the vessel should be converted, refurbished and fitted out for high class chartering The conversion involved replacing the entire superstructure and all the internal bulkheads were replaced with steel watertight bulkheads with watertight doors. The accommodation was reconstructed to provide four double cabins and bathrooms furnished with high quality woodwork. The two 300 hp engines were rebuilt and many parts replaced. Financial difficulties then forced the sale of the boat in April 1991 when she was priced at £325,000, in July 1991 the price was reduced to £250,000 and in June 1992 to £195,000, but there were still no buyers.
Still up for sale, in October 1996 the Baltic Surveyor was sunk at her moorings in a storm when she was moored alongside a steel pontoon in the Hamoaze at Plymouth near the naval dockyard. Baltic Surveyor was lost because another vessel, Timbuktu, which had been moored on the other side of the pontoon, sank and in doing so holed Baltic Surveyor with her mast. The pontoon was dragged down with Baltic Surveyor and also lost.
It is thought that the Baltic Surveyor was salvaged and abandoned alongside the quay in what used to be the Breakwater Quarry in Oreston, and was removed during the development of the Yacht Haven Dry Stacks in 2007.
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The remains of the Baltic Surveyor are thought to have been removed and nothing now remains of this vessel.
Yacht Havens Dry Stacks, Breakwater Road, Oreston.
Last updated 04 Jan 2021
Position OS: SX 50098 53806
Position GPS: 50.365021, -4.109022
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Kroger shipyard, Hamburg, Germany
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