The unique twin wrecks of Gulen

In 1945 the rescue steamer Parat was called upon to help the grounded German freighter Ferndale - but both were sunk in an ensuing allied air attack on the Norwegian west coast.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014

Wreckdiving is as popular as ever before, and the WWII wrecks on the Norwegian coast are attracting the attention of divers from all over Europe and beyond.

Many of the wrecks are still in excellent condition - but how often do you get to see two wrecks on a single dive?

Seen from around 40 meters depth the two wrecks are an impressive sight. Visibility is usually best in the wintertime, when it may reach 40 meters or more.

On December 16, 1945 rescue steamer Parat was was called upon to assist the German freighter Ferndale, which had ran aground.

After arriving to help the stricken freighter, both vessels were discovered by an Allied scouting plane shot into flames and sunk in the attack that followed a few hours later.

There is not much separating the two wrecks, and seeing this unique sight is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Today, the two wrecks lie next to each other at the bottom, separated by just four feet of water. This unique twin wreck dive is a one-of-a-kind experience, and both wrecks are in remarkably good condition.

One wreck dive for all divers - at the same time!

Remarkably, the twin wrecks offers a great dive for all kinds of divers: The two wrecks lie from 10-63 meters of depth, allowing both novice divers, regular sports divers and technical divers to have a great experience matching their skills - and the can all go in the water at the same time.

Ferndale and Parat are located just north of the Sognefjord on the Norwegian west coast, and Gulen Dive Resort run trips on a regular basis all year round.

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