SS Storstad

From SpottingWorld, the Hub for the SpottingWorld network...
Career (Norway) Flag of Norway.svg
Name: Storstad
Launched: 1910
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk by U-62 8 March 1917
General characteristics
Class and type: Collier
Tons burthen: 6,000
Length: 134m (439' 6")

The Storstad was a 6,000 ton Norwegian collier (coal freighter), built in 1910 in Newcastle upon Tyne, owned by A. F. Klaveness & Co. She was torpedoed and sunk during World War I on March 8, 1917 by U-62 at 51°20′N 11°50′W / 51.333°N 11.833°W / 51.333; -11.833.


Storstad sailed from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Quebec, loaded with coal from the Dominion Coal Company.

On May 29, 1914 the Storstad collided with the RMS Empress of Ireland on Saint Lawrence River near Pointe-au-Père, tearing a 14 foot hole in the Empress. The Empress sank in 14 minutes, killing 1,024 of her passengers and crew. There were only about 473 survivors. On duty at the time was Chief Officer Alfred Toftenes.

The Storstad did not sink, but made it to shore with damage to the bow.[1]

The Canadian Pacific Railway, which owned the Empress of Ireland, filed a $2,000,000 lawsuit for damages against the owners of the Storstad. As recompense, the Storstad was given to the Canadian Pacific Railway as part of a settlement. The Storstad was sold for $175,000.



External links

de:Storstad fr:Storstad