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|SCHWALBE was built by the german yard Bremer Vulkan in 1898, and was one of their first big steamers.
SCWALBE's last voyage was supposed to be from Germany to Ålesund carrying general cargo like :cement, salt in the holds and barrels of crude oil as deckload. As they were passing the narrow strait of Salhus on the 12'th of february 1916 they were hit by the steamer TIMANDRA. Schwalbe was still floating after the collision, they tried to run her aground and moorings were put up as best they could. The bow was resting on the bottom at 6 fathoms, the stern in the air, probably kept up by the watertight compartments. Before they could control the leakage, the bulkheads burst, and the steel cables broke. As the ship slid down the rocks, one of the mooring cables cut into a new building close to the bollard, nearly slicing it in two. The locals spent most of the night collecting flotsam, hoping to get a decent salvage reward.Kilde Haugesunds Avis 03/02 1916We don't have much information or pictures of this ship, because the owners's files were lost during the war. Please mail me Geirif you have any pictures!
SCHWALBE is lying on her port side with a list of more than 90 deg. The hull is nearly intact, but worn thin by rust. Decks and superstructure are gone. Engine and utilities are still bolted to their bases, nobody can tell when they will drop down on careless scubadivers.
Depth range 20 to 30 metres.
|Easy to find, just jump in from the quay under the bridge. The wreck small and easily surveyable, but the tidal current is heavy. This is the narrowest part of the fairway, giving a ship very little room to avoid a surfaced diver.Dive planning here involves tide tables and ferry schedule in addition to deco tables. The current has a break approx. 3 hrs offset from the tides, just enough for a short dive! Remember: This is not the place to have an emergency ascent as the fast catamaran ferry speeds by at 20 kts.
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