S/S Dølen - A fresh water wreck

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Norway’s vast coastline is famous for its many great WWII wrecks, so why go wreck diving in a river north of Oslo? I did - and it was a beautiful dive.



Posted on Oct 4, 2013

Wrecks are most often associated with the ocean, and Norway doesn’t really offer that many fresh water wreck dives.

Built in riveted steel in 1909, the 65 ft. steam-powered tugboat S/S Dølen was never to taste the salt of the ocean.

Instead, she lived out her days in a river at the mouth of Norway’s biggest lake, Mjøsa.

Luxury smoking salon and amenities

Dølen’s rather mundane everyday job was towing dredging excavators. Nevertheless, she was equipped with an elegant mahogany smoking salon.

It was installed to accommodate landowners, insurance companies and authorities. The VIPs would relax in a velvet corner sofa while negotiating the compensation after floods.

The lavatory and the crew compartments were reached through a staircase from the salon, which the steam engine heated. This was new and much appreciated at the time - the dredging often took place during the winter months.

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The rudder and propeller of SS Dølen is still intact, much to the delight of visiting underwater photographers.

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