Fernedale and Parat
How often can you dive two WWII wrecks like Fernedale and Parat at the same time? In December 1944, the German freighter Ferndale ran aground, and the rescue steamer Parat was called in to help…
Unique Twin Wrecks
The next morning they were discovered by allied aircraft, and shot into flames.Today Fernedale and Parat have the same shared destiny. The 30 meter long Parat sank first, settling at a depth of 45-60 meters. Four hours later the giant Ferndale followed her into the deep, missing the smaller vessel by just four feet! Today, the twin wrecks offer a perfect dive profile from 60 to 7 meters, suitable for both technical and sports divers.
With a length of 116 meters and a width of 16 meters, Ferndale weighed in at 4.302 GRT. The bow and foreship was salvaged after the war, leaving the midship and stern untouched. Ferndale was built in 1925 in Germany, and was owned by the Norwegian shipping company Glittre AS. After the German invasion in 1940 she was taken over by the Kriegsmarine to be used as a supply ship.
DivingThis package offers some of the best wreck dives in Europe. We have divers from all around the world, who visit us to the experience intact wrecks. Our wrecks are protected in the fjords easily accessible with good diving conditions. Currents can not be compared with elsewhere in Europe as we have almost no difference in tides. With more than 20 wrecks to choose from, we can promise you good dives in almost any weather conditions.
Photo & VideoAre you a photographer or like to shoot, you have unique opportunities. We have an average viz water at around 15-18m, where the winter months December January and February offers up to 35m. detailed explanations before dives will give you the correct information needed to choose the right lens etc.
AvailabilityYou can dive this package throughout the year with slight variations in viz, but favorable periods has very good visibility up to 30 meters + in the winter months Water temperature is highest in August with up to 22 Celsius and lowest in March with 6 celsius.
The package includes:
- Accommodation in shared twin rooms at Gulen Dive Resort
- Dive trips
- Tanks, weights and air for all dives
- Detailed wreck briefing
- Social gathering with other wreck enthusiasts
- After dive in 200BAR
The package does NOT include:
- Trimix and deco gas
- Flights/transfer/travel costs or dive equipment
- Food (self-catering)
The package can be extended with:
- Transfer: To and from airport
- Food: Dinner served everyday
- Gas: Nitrox,Trimix and deco gas cost
- Equipment: Deco bottles and renting equipment
Length of stayWe offer three lengths of stay by default, but we are flexible if you want to make changes. Use our feedback form if you are unsure or have any other questions. When booking please be advised that you accept the terms and conditions set on our Booking and payment page.
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Read more about other wrecks on these pages
Read more about some spectacular wrecks, the list is an extract of more than 20 wrecks that we have in our area.
- Read about Wreck Safari
- Read about SS Frankenvald
- Read about KNM Uller
- Read about SS Havda
- Read about DS Welheim
- Read about SS Bandak