The Swiks (or Swix) was a three-masted schooner from Åland that sank in the Baltic Sea, off the island of Öland, Sweden, on 21 December 1926.

The Swix's shipwreck
Name: Swiks
Operator: Indrik S. Puhlin
Port of registry: Riga
Builder: K. Karkle
Launched: 1902
Name: Swiks
Owner: J.E. Johansson (1914–1916), J.M. Andersson (1916-1924), A Lundqvist (1924–1926)
Port of registry: Vårdö
Acquired: 1914
Fate: Wrecked off Trollskogen, 21 December 1926
General characteristics
Class and type: Schooner
Tonnage: 227 NT
Length: 34.4 m (112 ft 10 in)
Beam: 8.65 m (28 ft 5 in)
Sail plan: Three masts


Swiks was built in Upesgriva (between Ventspils and Riga; see Mērsrags), Latvia in 1902, by K. Karkle for Indrik S. Puhlin from Riga.[1] Puhlins nickname was "Svikis" ("super durable"); hence probably the ship's name.[2]

Puhlin operated the ship until 1912, when it was taken over by a partnership with J.E. Johansson as the principal owner and after 1916 with J.M. Andersson; she was based in Vårdö in Åland. She was then sold to Arthur Lundqvist in 1924.[1]


She was made from pine and oak fastened with galvanized iron bolts, and measured 34.4 m (112 ft 10 in) in length with a beam of 8.65 m (28 ft 5 in).[1] She had a net tonnage of 227 tons and the payload of 135 virke.


The ship, with a crew of seven, was sailing from Flensburg, Germany to her homeport, Mariehamn, with only ballast on board.[1] A snowstorm forced the ship to try to round north of Öland, to seek shelter in Kalmar, but the rounding attempt failed and the ship got stuck in the sand dunes below the water (Änggärdsudden) near the beach of Trollskogen.[1] The crew abandoned ship and got to land in a lifeboat, walking through the forest of Trollskogen before reaching Grankullavik, where they were cared for a week. One crew member had gotten blood poisoning from a rusty nail and was cared for in hospital.[2]

The wreck of the Swiks lay off the beach until a winter storm in the 1950s threw her up on the beach, where she broke in two. Some farmers from Böda bought it hoping to be able to salvage the wood and iron, but this proved too costly. In 1977 one of the sides was still intact.[2]


  1. "SWIKS Fo21371AB" (in Swedish). Maritime Museum (Stockholm). Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  2. "RAÄ-nummer Böda 313". Swedish National Heritage Board. Retrieved 19 March 2014.

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