Two more days of expeditions to the wreck of the German steamer SS Karlsruhe are behind us. Unfortunately, the weather started to deteriorate and the Baltic showed how unpredictable the sea can be.
Today the Baltic Sea showed its true face. Despite optimistic forecasts, we had to let it go. The water in the moonpool, through which the divers dive, was simply crazy and we did not want to risk too much. To be honest, after 8 days of deep and long dives, everyone could use a day off. Our doctor was even happy and said that we would saturate ourselves properly before diving tomorrow.
However, a day without diving is still a day of work. During this type of expedition the number of duties and things to do is enormous. Therefore, the break on the surface allowed us to take care of those things which, so far, have had a lower priority. After all, the exploration and research of the wreck of the German steamer SS Karlsruhe is just the icing on the cake.
We decided to use the day to document the work done so far. We created a dive report with a detailed sketch. It turned out that Phil Short is the best at this and did a great drawing, which we will continue to add to.
The tenth day of the Karlsruhe 2021 Expedition saw the return underwater. The participants were able to return to their daily activities and complete the research they had started. The divers managed to expose more of the inscription with the name of the vessel, which they discovered a few days earlier. Thanks to this we are now absolutely sure that the vessel is the wreck of the German steamer SS Karlsruhe.
We used the penultimate day of the expedition to complete all the research we started. We have the whole wreck of Karlsruhe thoroughly inventoried. We also managed to clean more letters from the inscription KARLSRUHE.
Those who followed the expedition and read the daily Baltictech reports certainly feel unsatisfied. Unfortunately, for the time being, only military equipment and personal belongings of the East Prussian refugees were found in the examined chest s. What should be noted, however, is that only those chests that were already open were examined.
The crates we checked contain military equipment and private belongings of civilian refugees. We decided to leave all the artifacts at the bottom. We have deep faith in the whole diving community and know that they will remain there for a long time. However, if something disappears, it will be easy to determine thanks to our work. We also know that the wreck is well guarded, as a Maritime Authority plane flies over every day.
Today, Wednesday 15 September, is the final day of the Karlsruhe 2021 Expedition, with the Baltictech Group and its supporting team completing this year’s exploration of the wreck. Tomorrow morning the Glomar Vantage vessel will call at the port of Gdynia, closing this exciting chapter. Let us remember, however, that there is still much to be written about the SS Karlsruhe steamer.
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