SS Aud

SS Aud was a 1,102 gross register tons (GRT) Norwegian steamboat, built in 1907 in Bergen, Norway, by Bergen Mekaniske Verksted for J. Kuhnle, Jr..[2] During World War I, she was stopped and searched on 30 November 1916 by SM UB-18 at 50°19′N 5°33′W when sailing from Cardiff, Wales, to Lisbon, Portugal, with a load of coal.[3] UB-18′s commanding officer, Claus Lafrenz, declared the cargo contraband and sank the ship after putting the crew in the lifeboats. Captain Andreas Stehen and his men were later picked up by the Spanish steamer SS Alu Mendi, home-ported at Bilbao, Spain, which had also been stopped and searched by UB-18 but released. They returned to Norway unharmed.

Name: Aud
Operator: J. Kuhnle, Jr., Bergen
Builder: Bergen Mekaniske Verksted, Bergen
Completed: 1907
Homeport: Bergen[1]
Fate: Sunk 30 November 1916
General characteristics
Class and type: Collier
Tonnage: 1,102 GRT
Length: 69.8 m (229 ft)
Beam: 10.7 m (35 ft)
Draught: 4.9 m (16 ft)
Propulsion: triple expansion, two boilers, 106 PS (105 hp)

In April 1916, the German steamer Libau posed as the neutral Aud when delivering a cargo of rifles for the Easter Rising in Ireland.[4]


  1. "Aud". The Wrecksite. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. "Aud (5602815)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit during WWI: Steamer Aud". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine -
  4. AUD Anchors 1916-2016 Centenary Commemoration Project, Laurence Dunne Archaeology, retrieved 14 November 2018
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