On 14 December 1908, the ballast steamship Baltic is homeward bound to Tjurkö, in the Karlskrona archipelago, after having delivered flagstone and kerbstone to Stettin in Poland. As the Baltic approaches the outer islands of the archipelago, the clock strikes 7 a.m. The wind is southerly, and visibility poor.
Suddenly, the crew sights lands on port side and the rudder is immediately set to yaw to starboard in order to avoid running aground if possible. But it’s too late. The Baltic runs aground just north-west of Busören. The ship is severely aground and she sustains more and more damage during the day, causing the crew to abandon her during the afternoon.
As the weather improves over the next few days, some equipment and other items that are easily accessible on the ship could be salvaged before she sank. The sinking of the Baltic saw the end of thirty years of service at the stoneworks site in Tjurkö.