Wreck story in Denmark

On February 19, 1949 the coastal freighter Bandak became the ship that sank twice. The story is on print in the June 2012 issue of the Danish magazine Sportsdykkeren.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012

In February 1949 Bandak is on her way from Oslo to the little village of Årdal, but when she is about to enter the Sognefjord the captain makes a navigtional error.

Bandak hits a sheer rock wall. The crew are unable to save the ship or themselves crammed up against the granite, and seven of the nine crewmembers perish in the heavy seas.

This month, Danish divers can read the full story about Bandak in Sportsdykkeren magazine.

The ship that sank twice

Unknown to most, Bandak also went down in Öresund between Sweden and Denmark in 1947 after colliding with another vessel.

She was salvaged and restored, but to no avail: Just two years later she sinks again, for the second time.

A great wreck dive

Today, the remains of Bandak rests on a light, sandy bottom at just 18-27 meters depth. Parts of the ship has been completely demolished by heavy wave action at the site, but the stern is largely intact and is a very nice dive.

If you want to dive the wreck of Bandak, please get in touch with Gulen Dive Resort. They run trips to the wrecks on a regular basis (weather permitting), all year round.

Federation magazine

Sportsdykkeren is the membership publication of the Danish Sportsdiver Federation, and is distrubuted to their 8.000 members six times a year.

Please visit their website to read more or to sign up for a subscription!

» Click here to visit Sportsdykkeren Magazine

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