A Nazi warship sunk by a British submarine was discovered 80 years ago off the coast of Norway


A Nazi warship sunk by the British has been found 80 years later, when a power company struck it while inspecting its underwater lines.

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

But by the time Carlsuar’s story is recorded fact, the place remains a mystery – until now.

Norway’s power company, StatNet, found the ship after identifying a wreck close to its underwater line in the Strait of Skagerk.

The Nazi warship, Karlsruhe, (pictured) was returning from an invasion of Norway in 1940, when it crashed into a torpedo from the British submarine, HMS Truant.

The location of the wreck remained a mystery for 80 years - until now.  It was found off the coast of Norway by Statnet, a Norwegian power company.  Picture: a scan of debris

The location of the wreck remained a mystery for 80 years – until now. It was found off the coast of Norway by Statnet, a Norwegian power company. Picture: a scan of debris

Frode Cavallo of the Norwegian Maritime Museum said, “You can trace the fate of Karlsure in the history books, but no one has been able to know where the ship sank.”

‘In addition, it was the only large German warship lost during an attack on Norway with an unknown position.

‘After all these years, we finally know where the cemetery of this important warship is.’

Sonar was first revealed during a StateNet inspection in 2017, 13 nautical miles from Kristiansand, southern Norway.

But it was not until June this year that Ole Petter Hobberstadt, a StateNet engineer, was given the opportunity to inspect the ship using a remote-controlled submarine.

The existence of a wreck 13 nautical miles from Kristiansand, a city in southern Norway, was first revealed by Sonar in 2017, but an inspection of the ship was carried out in June this year which revealed that it had lost a Nazi warship

The existence of a wreck 13 nautical miles from Kristiansand, a city in southern Norway, was first revealed by Sonar in 2017, but an inspection of the ship was carried out in June this year which revealed that it had lost a Nazi warship

Karlsure's footage, found 490 meters below sea level, shows the ship pointing straight at sea (pictured)

Karlsure’s footage, found 490 meters below sea level, shows the ship pointing straight at sea (pictured)

“When the results of the ROV showed us a ship that was torpedoed, we felt that it was from a war,” said Mr. Hobberstar.

‘As soon as the cannons appeared on the screen, we understood that it was a huge warship. We were very excited and surprised that the wreck was so big. ‘

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

Guns and baron-enclosed superstructures also appear.

The first images also suggest that, unusually for a ship with a high center of gravity, the curlswheel remained straight after sinking.

Kvalø said, “Karlsruhe has stood at sea level 490 meters below sea level.

‘With a main battery of nine cannons in three triple bastions, it was the largest and most frightening ship in the attack group against Kristiansand.’

“Wrecks are rare and extra fun for us to find such a special war, which works with underwater investigations,” Mr. Hobberstad said.

Guns and Burns-encrusted superstructures were clearly visible upon inspection of the wreck by a remote-controlled submarine

Guns and burns-encrusted superstructures were clearly visible upon inspection of the wreck by a remote-controlled submarine

Ole Petter Hoeberstadt, a StateNet engineer who inspected the ship, said: 'We understood that it was a huge warship.  We were very excited and surprised that the wreck was so big.  '

Ole Petter Hoeberstadt, a StateNet engineer who inspected the ship, said: ‘We understood that it was a huge warship. We were very excited and surprised that the wreck was so big. ‘

It is rare to find such a special war wreck.  The battleship has nine cannons in three triple bastions, and was the largest and most frightening ship in Cristiano's attack group.

It is rare to find such a special war wreck. The battleship has nine cannons in three triple bastions, and was the largest and most frightening ship in Cristiano’s attack group.

Despite its array of firepower, Karlsruhe was only used as a military transport for the attack on Kristiansand.

But under fire from Norwegian coastal guns at Oderoya Fort, she soon joined the fight.

Later that same day, troops were successfully landed in Norway, she was hit by two British torpedoes.

His power was soon hampered by a flood of water, the ship’s pumps were cut off, and Commander Frederick Rivi decided to leave the ship.

One of her escorts, the torpedo boat, Griff, rescued the crew and tokedo Karlsure twice more so that it sank.

Rive was harshly shut down for his actions, however, since he did not attempt to bring the battleship back to Christiansand for repairs.

HMS Truant overtook its rival for six years, sinking en-route for shipbreakers in December 1946, which was sold for scrap the previous year.

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