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Johanna Thorden wreck, Swona


This Finnish passenger vessel was wrecked off Swona in 1937. On he maiden yoyage and heading from home, she ran aground on the Tarf Tail in a south-easterly gale. Her distress signals were not seen and her master was disorientated. The first lifeboat was launched with 25 people, and the remaining 12 crewmen set off in the second lifeboat, as the ship broke in two. The second boat capsized in heavy seas off Newark Bay, South Ronaldsay, with the loss of four lives.The first lifeboat washed up on Deerness the next day, the occupants presumed drowned. 
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