Sunk by a torpedo
Many German freighters were serving as supply ships for the Kriegsmarine during WWII, and Welheim was one this ships. Built-in 1939, Welheim was equipped with a modern diesel engine.
On November 28th, 1944, Welheim was on her way to Ålesund loaded with coal when she was attacked by the Norwegian MTB-717. After being hit by a torpedo, the 135-meter long freighter was doomed and sank after a few hours.
Starting from the bow, you will reach the port bridge wing at around 36 meters depth. In between, there are lots of exciting sights and 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 and the bow is at 14 meters. The twin propellers can be found at 70 meters.
It was a modern ship for her age and she, therefore, didn’t have the huge masts and loading booms common on freighters built before WWII. She was also equipped with four huge cranes, fore and aft. The cranes are still standing on the deck, creating a beautiful silhouette.
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 25 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 30m. 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
Rates and bookingWe offer several lengths of stay by default, but we are flexible if you want to make changes. No need to do anything no, if you need to ad or change som dives, or type of dive, we can do that when you are with us in Gulen.
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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 SS Fernedale & Parat
- Read about KNM Uller
- Read about SS Havda
- Read about SS Bandak