SS Edith Bosselmann ex Rita Maersk

1925 – 1939
A/S D/S Svendborg – Odense; later Århus
Delivered 10-05-1925 by F.Schichau G.m.b.H. – Elbing (1158)
71,23 x x 10,43 x 4,58 x 4,45 m
953 grt; 1.325 dwt
3 cylinder Triple Expansion from the yard
540 ihp
2 holds; 4x 4 tons Derricks
Newbuilding for the price of 472.999 Dkr.

The Edith Bosselman was originally built in 1925 for AP Møller’s shipping company, Maersk. It was called the Rita Maersk at the time. In August 1939, the Rita Maersk was sold to Eduard Bosselman. Bosselman was a merchant from Gdańsk (Danzig), Poland, and the Rita Maersk was his only ship. Due to the current danger of the war, Bosselman could not sail the ship under the German flag. He gave the ship the name “Edith” and let it continue to sail under the Danish flag. It was only in 1942, a few months before its demise, that the ship was renamed “Edith Bosselman.” The Edith Bosselman was the first vessel lost in 1942 to the mines laid by the Russian submarine L3.

It is a steel ship with a length of 71m above all. It lies down at about 90 degrees the port side on sandy bottom. The original shape of the hull is still good detect. The bridge or the superstructure have partly broken off. The ship had three Cargo rooms and a passenger deck. The stumps of two large masts are on deck. Several large winches are located directly on the masts. There is one in the rear
smaller winds and presumably a mast foot covered by a fishing net. In the bow area is an anchor winch, which is also covered by a net. In the rear third of the ship one finds a tiled floor with a black and white checkerboard pattern. On the sandy bottom a bell was found outside the wreck. The wooden cladding of a compass together with the compensation balls is well preserved on the sand. In the middle of the ship there are rooms with high quality wooden ceilings. There are still shelves with dishes.