Diving on the "DS Frankenvald"
This wreck has been selected as "best wrecks in Norway"
German Cargo. 5060 Br.tonn 126 meters long. SS Frankenvald wrecked January 6, 1940. The German ship SS Frankenvald missed the entrance, and hit a submerged reefs. A small navigation error made under difficult conditions, without navigation lights, this was a gigantic mistake.
When the war was raging in Europe, needed the German war machine raw materials in order to further attack. Frankenvald had planned to load iron ore, when the accident happened. After the collision with the mother earth, the boat was turned over by the strong currents that are in the area. The crew managed to lower the lifeboats and had invoked the attention of local fishermen who rescued the entire crew. DS Frankenvald sunk relatively quickly due to holes in the hull. The ship is now parked entitled to the keel on the sandy bottom. Maximum depth of bow party is 45m and the stern around. 40m.
DS Frankenvald was "fortunately" forgotten until well after the war, which had its origin in that the ship was empty. The modest depth means that a salvage of the cargo would have been possible
Diving is just fantastic, on Frankenvald and a boat you can not avoid being fascinated by. Both masts are upright and pointing towards the surface, the front mast goes up to 14m and the rear is at the top of 7m, a magnificent sight as it is overgrown by the anemones. Most of the superstructure is intact, the same can be said about all the winches. Aft ship is a sight, with a huge rudder machine. Engine room is open and can be easily inspected. You can also see the bathroom, complete with bath and radiators, sinks, etc.
To put it briefly, DS Frankenvald needs to be dived many times before getting an overview. The ship is huge and stretches the entire 126m. You hit the wreck at about 27m and depth of the bow section is about. 36m. A perfect dive, if you like wrecks or not.
Frankenvald is a "must" and is among the best wrecks in Europe. Charles Hood, who writes for Dive Magazine rates Frankenvald as the best wreck dive he ever had done in cold water.