|OWNERS:||DEUTCHE DAMPFFISHEREI NORDSE|
|Built : 1902|
Strassburg was in transit from Cuxhafen to Ålesund for a load of herring, stopping in Haugesund to bring on board ice and empty boxes. Leaving the harbour at 11 PM Feb. 10 1923, they set a too westerly course, and ran into Skåretreboen at full steam. The ship was high aground. The salvage steamers Achilles and Hercules arrived the next day, and made several attempts to bring her afloat. The first day the waves and weather were quite favourable, but later the swell increased and the salvage had to be aborted. The inquiry gave no clear answers to why the accident happened, but afterwards they sent out a press release stating that the pilot had been sober! Probably there were some communication problems between the pilot and helmsman.
What's left of the hull (it is rather broken) is laying almost upside down at the sand below a nearly vertical cliff. Bits and pieces are scattered among the rocks, marking the trail the boat once followed. The boiler is separated from the rest of the boat. Superstructure except for the galley is gone.
|Not so easy to find without a guide, sometimes even more difficult to find with! I know a Danish diving club that still reminds me of the one time I could not find the wreck more than 10 years ago! Rather deep, exposed to weather, the sea breaks over three skerries("treboen" means three skerries) and several rocks, even when the weather is relatively calm. The steep rocks are making it difficult to get a reliable hold for the anchor outside the breaking zone. My advice is to dive in groups, having someone in the boat at all times. If one wishes to have a go at it anyway, there is a crack in the rocks leading from the middle skerry down towards the wreck. If the crack is turning out easterly in shallow water, it is the wrong crack.|
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