Built in Flensburg, North Germany in 1883 this 784 Ton Steamship was owned by H Sandberg and had dimensions of 74m x 10m x 5m. She had a short but eventful history having been involved in a collision with the SS Xantho in 1884 off of Gotland (A large Island off the coast of Sweden), which resulted in the Xantho (Built 1871) sinking with the loss of 1 life.
On the 22 April 1886 the Valuta of Flensburg was anchored up in heavy fog midchannel during a voyage from Hamburg to Amoor with a general cargo when she was struck by the SS Petropolis of Hamburg sinking an hour later.
Captain Mallgray and his crew of 19 plus 1 passenger abandoned ship and were taken to Dover by the Petropolis where they landed in their own boats and informed the lifeboat station. The Petropolis continued her voyage apparently undamaged.
Diving: The wreck sits very upright in a max depth of 40m, when I dived her a few years ago there was plain crockery lying all over the decks which had most of the basic deck structure still in place. There is a lot of damage amidships; the stern section was very intact with the rudder still in place. This area of the channel can get some quite stunning viz and we had over 15m. The wreck has apparently deteriated in recent years and collapsed on itself. She was identified by her bell.