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Navy to inspect "Franken" wreck

In the near future, divers of the Polish Navy are to inspect the wreck of the German tanker “Franken” from World War II, which lies in the waters of the Gulf of Gdansk. Such information was shared via social media, members of the Baltictech diving group. The wreck of the armed tanker “Franken” has remained
Published: February 26, 2020 - 15:05
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 19:21
Navy to inspect “Franken” wreck

In the near future, divers of the Polish Navy are to inspect the wreck of the German tanker “Franken” from World War II, which lies in the waters of the Gulf of Gdansk. Such information was shared via social media, members of the Baltictech diving group.

The wreck of the armed tanker “Franken” has remained closed to divers since October 2018. At that time, such a decision was made by employees of the Maritime Office in Gdynia. Officially, it was reported that the reason is the possibility of ammunition and hazardous materials lying on the wreck, which may pose a threat to divers.

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If, after the planned inspection, the Navy determines that there is no danger, then nothing will stand in the way of the Maritime Authority restoring the tanker wreck to the list of those available for diving. This would be great news before the start of the 2020 season, as due to its short distance from shore and high skill requirements, ‘Franken’ is a real favourite with technical divers.

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To sum up – the fight is on and there is no need to lose hope. For the moment the only consolation is the fact that the list of wrecks available for divers is still growing. The credit for this undoubtedly goes to the Baltictech team. It is thanks to their efforts that from 15 November 2019 such wrecks as the “Georg Buchner”, the U-272 so-called shallow U-boat near Hel, the “Little Stuttgart” – a small vessel sunk near Gdynia, the aircraft carrier “Graff Zeppelin”, the “Muhlhausen” so-called barrel ship and the cutter “Tupolew” can be the target of diving expeditions.

We invite you to read the following interview with Tomasz Stachura, who introduces the topic of opening Baltic wrecks, and also to follow official profile group and support their activities.

Source: Baltictech
Photo: Michal Procajło

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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