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Afrika

Location

Ulvik, at the head of Hardangerfjord

Position

60 34N 06 55E

Depth

30m (seabed)

Chart

118

The Afrika was built in the UK in 1920. She was a large German cargo ship of 6500gt, 125x16x10m. In 1940 she was seized by the Norwegians, who subsequently scuttled her in April 1940 at Ulvik near the head of Hardangerfjord, 80 miles from the sea. Another Norwegian ship, the San Miguel, was scuttled at the same time. 

The Afrika lies upright and fairly intact in about 30m.The masts and funnels and some cargo were removed in 1953. The hull is damaged around the cargo hatches as a result of explosives being used during the salvage operation. The wreck is a bit silty, so careful finning is needed.

It's a long way to Ulvik by sea, with no other wrecks in the area, although the charts suggest there will be some spectacular walls.  

Links

http://www.skovheim.org/located/hordaland/afrika/afrika.htm

http://home.eunet.no/~atleto/