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The wreck of the steamer SS Nordnorge has been located in Norway

In the waters of the North Sea, a group of Scandinavian technical divers found the wreck of the steamer SS Nordnorge. The vessel was sunk during World War II, when it was carrying out a secret mission against the Allies. Our friends from Norway informed us that they managed to find the wreck of the
Published: January 7, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:48
The wreck of the steamer SS Nordnorge has been located in Norway

In the waters of the North Sea, a group of Scandinavian technical divers found the wreck of the steamer SS Nordnorge. The vessel was sunk during World War II, when it was carrying out a secret mission against the Allies.

Our friends from Norway informed us that they managed to find the wreck of the steamer SS Nordnorge. A vessel that they have very interesting story they had been searching for since the autumn of 2020. With the help of Seløy Undervannsservice and Scansub, the group managed to track down the wreck of the historic vessel, which is unfortunately much deeper than originally expected.

Admittedly, for a ship sunk as a result of heavy shelling (you can read more in the article at the end of the news item), the wreck is in pretty good condition and is still in one piece. Unfortunately, the depth of 280 metres precludes any possibility of exploration by a diving team.

What a day! After planning the search since the autumn, we finally located the wreck of the steamer SS Nordnorge in Hemnes, just over an hour’s drive from Plura. We returned somewhat disappointed, but also happy to have solved an 80 year old mystery. I’m looking forward to the next chapter and perhaps getting footage of the wreck – Ina Trælnes wrote us

Originally there were several versions of how the story of the steamer ended. Some of them indicated that the vessel was torpedoed and broke in half. The estimated resting depth of the shipwreck was said to be between 90 and 150 metres. This depth, although extreme, would be within the reach of the very experienced team that had gathered around the project.

Now work begins on preparing the next expedition. During the exploration we will use an ROV vehicle with a suitable camera. All this to be able to obtain video footage of the wreck. Our discovery has great historical value and helps draw people’s attention to the history of this region,” explains Ina

Unknown cargo ship wreck from WWII

During the expedition it was also possible to locate the wreck of a cargo ship, which rests at a depth of 25-40 metres. This vessel also comes from World War II times. During its survey, photographic material was collected, among other things, which made it possible to create a 3D model of the wreck.

In the latest issue of our magazine (below) we have just described the history of the SS Nordnorge and announced that a search has been undertaken. In the meantime, everything has gone extremely well and we will soon be able to present the materials collected in the found wreck.

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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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