OSLO (Reuters) – The wreckage of a major German warship has been detected sinking off the coast of Norway in a World War Two war nearly 80 years later, Norwegian power grid operator Statnet and a marine archaeologist said.
This year was identified from pictures of its hull and sonar scans and details such as the position of the gun turret, the cruiser Karlsueh was first detected in 2017 at just 15 meters (50 ft) which has been in operation since 1977.
Built in the 1920s, the ship was later fitted with a Nazi-era swastika also captured in subpar images taken by Statnet and its partners, and first televised by Norway’s public broadcaster NRK Was aired on.
A 174-meter ship of German force invading Norway in April 1940 crashed into a British submarine torpedo soon after embarking on a return journey from the southern port of Cristiano, British Norway.
The ship’s crew later evacuated and the ship was eventually sunk by the Germans, resting above the sea at a depth of 490 meters, about 13 nautical miles (24 kilometers) from the beach.
“You can trace the fate of Karlsure in the history books, but no one knows where the ship sank,” said Frode Klövel, archaeologist and researcher at the Norwegian Maritime Museum.
StateNet said its subcity power cable, which connects Norway to Denmark, would be kept further away from the debris if its location was known at the time of construction.
The April 9, 1940, attack marked the beginning of the Nazi invasion of Norway, forcing the government and the king to flee to Britain, where they were exiled until the capitulation of Germany in 1945.
Editing by Terje Solsvik and Peter Graf