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News ID: 47936
Publish Date: 9:28 - 13 September 2020
Sunday, 13 September 2020 (YJC)_ The wreck of a German warship torpedoed and sunk by a British submarine in 1940 has been discovered in deep water off the North Sea coast of southern Norway.

Wreck of WWII battleship with Nazi symbol discovered off NorwayA Nazi warship sank by the British has been found 80 years later, after a power company stumbled across it while inspecting their underwater lines.

The Karlsruhe was returning from the Nazi invasion of Norway in 1940 when it was torpedoed by HMS Truant, forcing the Germans to scuttle the sinking ship.

But while the story of the Karlsruhe is recorded fact, it's location remained a mystery – until now.

Norwegian power company, Statnett, found the vessel after identifying a wreck close to its underwater lines in the strait of Skagerrak.

'You can find Karlsruhe's fate in history books, but no one has known exactly where the ship sunk,' said Frode Kvalø of the Norwegian Maritime Museum.

'Moreover, it was the only large German warship that was lost during the attack on Norway with an unknown position.

'After all these years, we finally know where the graveyard of this important warship is.'

The existence of a wreck 13 nautical miles from Kristiansand in southern Norway was first revealed by sonar during a Statnett inspection in 2017.

But it wasn't until June this year that Statnett engineer, Ole Petter Hobberstad, was given the chance to inspect the ship, using a remote-controlled submarine.

'When the ROV results showed us a ship that was torpedoed, we realized it was from the war,' said Mr Hobberstad.

'As the cannons became visible on the screen, we understood it was a huge warship. We were very excited and surprised that the wreck was so big.'

Footage of the wreck site reveals how it is adorned with a swastika, topped by a Nazi eagle or Parteiadler, with an anchor shape underneath.

The guns and barnacle-encrusted superstructure are visible too.

The first images also show that, unusually for a ship with a high centre of gravity, the Karlsruhe remained upright after sinking.

'Karlsruhe stands firmly 490 meters below sea level with cannons pointing menacingly into the sea,' said Kvalø.

'With the main battery of nine cannons in three triple turrets, this was the largest and most fearsome ship in the attack group against Kristiansand.'

'To find such a special war wreck is rare and extra fun for us who work with underwater investigations,' added Mr Hobberstad.

Wreck of WWII battleship with Nazi symbol discovered off Norway

Wreck of WWII battleship with Nazi symbol discovered off Norway

Wreck of WWII battleship with Nazi symbol discovered off Norway

Wreck of WWII battleship with Nazi symbol discovered off Norway

 

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