|OWNERS:||NILS RØGENÆS||1919 WAR COVE|
|TYPE||Triple exp.(N.East. Mar. Eng.)|
|D/S ANNA SOFIE was built by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Newcastle, as "War Cove". Delivered in june 1919 The Shipping Controller, London). Later the same year, she was sold to D/S A/S Theologos (N. Røgenæs),who renamed her "Anna Sofie". In WW2, she sailed for the germans, who fitted her with AA guns fore and aft. During the air raid by british bombers on the sulphur mines at Stord,she tokk heavy damage and 5 of the crew were killed. (05.07.1940) Were taken to Haugesund for repairs, but was sunk in another air raid 3/8 -1940. lossing. Salvaged and repaired by Rosenberg yards in Stavanger and recommissioned.|
23 February 1944:
Anna Sofie was southbound from Thamshavn to Emden with a cargo of pyrite (other sources says iron ore from Narvik, still to be checked, the cargo looks more like iron ore to me!) when the rudder failed in as she was entering the narrow entrance to Karmsundet north of Haugesund.; She hit Trollholmen west of Vibrandsøy. She went down some time later, giving the crew a chance to launch the lifeboats. Later there was speculations going on about sabotage, but they are denied by the crew. A more likely theory is that a cotter pin in the steering gear had freed itself because of shockwaves from depth charges. The escort had chased a possible submarine as they were crossing the exposed patch of Sletta.Meldingen i Haugesundspressen var rimelig kortfattet
The wreck is lying on the port side (90 deg list!) bow to the south. There has been no attempts to salvage scrapmetal, and because of the depth, no breaking action from the waves, thus the hull and superstructure is nearly intact. The wooden floors are all eaten by the pile worm. When I first dived her in 1977, the wheelhouse roof was still in place.
Depth range 37 to 52m.
Easy to find (boat required), but the main fairway goes right over the wreck. The tidal currents are rather strong in the area often with layers, so even if it seems calm at the surface, the current at the wreck may be considerable. This is a wreck for the hardcore wreckdivers, even though there has been no fatal accidents, but a lot of narrow escapes. Recently some divers had the decompression stop in mid sea (dont ask me why!) They were swept by the current to the shipyard almost a mile to the south. They climbed on to the dock, borrowed a phone and called their buddies at the divesite.
Photo from "Våre gamle skip"