S/S Savonmaa in Dykking

On January 20, 1937 the Finnish steamer S/S Savonmaa was surprised by one of the fiercest storms ever recorded. Dykking Magazine runs the tragic story in their August 2012 issue.



Posted on Aug 23, 2012

The terrible storm claimed lives and property all over northern Europe, and so great were the losses that it even reached the press in the United States.

Savonmaa was lost with her entire crew of 26 men, something not commonplace even back then. Dykking Magazine is running my story about the tragic loss in their Norwegian Wreck Encyclopedia series as a 3-pagre spread.

The savonmaa tragedy

Savonmaa, a 1.808 BRT steamer, was on her way from Helsinki in Finland carrying paper pulp, tombstones, yo-yo's(!) and a locomotive.

She was headed for Manchester in England when one of the worst storms in recorded history got the better of her, leaving her crew without chance of survival.

» Click here to read more about the Savonmaa tragedy

The pyramid-shaped memorial at the site where S/S Savonmaa perished with the loss of 26 lives in January 1937. Even today, flowers are sometimes found in front of the plaque with the names of those who perished.

Beautiful bow section

Today the wreck of Savonmaa lies at 18-25 meters depth. The wreck has been salvaged and nothing remains of the stern. The midship is flattened, but the bow section is still intact and is a wonderful sight.

If you want to dive the wreck of Savonmaa, please get in touch with Skagerrak Feriesenter. They run trips to the wrecks on a regular basis.

Please visit Dykking Magazine's website to sign up for a subscription of this excellent magazine with emphasis on cold-water diving in northern Europe.

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