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Shipwreck discovery from World War II

Archaeologists said that the location of the warship Karlsruhe sunk off the coast of Norway.

The wreck of Karlsruhe was found 13 nautical miles off the coast of Kristiansand. Photo: Statnett.

The Karlsruhe was a light cruiser used by the German navy during World War II. Since the sinking of the British submarine off Kristiansand in Norway on April 9, 1940, where the ship “rested” has been a mystery for 80 years.

On September 7, the location and the first images of Karlsruhe were finally announced on Norwegian public television NRK. The ship is located 490 meters below the water surface and about 13 nautical miles from the Kristiansand coast, right next to the underground cable system connecting Norway with Denmark operated by Statnett Company.

Karlsruhe wreck lies 490 m deep under the Norwegian sea floor. Photo: Statnett.

Statnett staff first reported the discovery of a mysterious wreck in 2017, but only recently archaeologists were able to identify it as Karlsruhe based on hull ultrasonic scanning and image data. Photos collected by Statnett and a number of partners.

“After all these years, we have finally determined the location of this famous ship. You can find stories about Karlsruhe in history books but no one knows exactly where it was sunk,” said the examiner. said Frode Kvaloe archeology at the Norwegian Maritime Museum.

The Karlsruhe was off the coast of San Diego in 1934. Photo: US Navy.

With a length of up to 174 m, the Karlsruhe was the largest and most feared warship in the Norwegian campaign. The ship is equipped with two seaplanes, 9 large artillery, and dozens of anti-aircraft cannons and torpedo tubes. It is capable of carrying 850 crew members and runs at a speed of 56 km / h.

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