Sunk by a torpedo

Welheim was one of many German freighters serving as supply ships for the Kriegsmarine during WWII. Built in 1939 Welheim was equipped with a modern diesel engine.
On November 28, 1944 Welheim was on her way to Ålesund loaded with coal when she was attacked by the Norwegian MTB-717. Hit by a torpedo, the 135 meter long freighter was doomed and sank after a few hours.

Exciting dive

Starting from the bow, you will reach the port bridge wing at around 36 meters depth. In between there are lots of exciting sights. If you go deeper at the forward part of the wreck, the huge cranes tower above you. Welheim lies on her port side at an 85° angle. The bow is at 14 meters, and the twin propellers can be found at 70 meters.

Huge winches

Welheim was a modern ship for her age. She didn’t have the huge masts and loading booms common on freighters built before WWII – she was equipped with four huge cranes fore and aft. They are still standing on the deck, creating a beautiful silhouette.

  • Diving

    This 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 & Video

    Are 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.


    You 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

    Including also all that stands in the page “Booking Conditions”

    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 stay

    We 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.

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