All along Norways coastline lie sunken shipwrecks of german world war II convoys. in the?
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Fishing vessels off Norways snowpeaked coastline where RAF sunk german convoy in 1945.
Polish salvage ship SMOK preying along coast as divers search bottom (seafloor)
Alesund (Norw. fishing town north of Bergen) harbour pen with trawlers to the wreck of LOG 3000 ton cargo vessel raised last week by polish salvage crew, salvage pontoons in foreground.
to end of roll various shots of Polish salvage crew aboard the SMOK and the wreck of salvaged LOG unleading limestone cargo of the wreck, 500tonns was unloaded under water by divers to lighten shipwreck for salvaging.
Chief of Divers BOGOSCHEWITZ preparing for dive. Most of reconnaissance diving is carried out in frogman outfit but the traditional diving helmet and heavy boots led weights etc. still holds its own when it comes to working on sunken wrecks. The divers in order to be able to handle heavy leads must be weighted down for a firm stand.
second last shot Captain DOMNIK of Smok, chief engine or ROSI, salvage inspector STAKIEVI left to right.
last two takes Mechanics and salvage workers lighting cigarettes happy they are about to sail for home after one year of frustrating toil in the cold unyielding waters of the North-Atlantic coast.
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Background: All along Norways coastline lie sunken shipwrecks of german world war II convoys. in the very harbour of Alesund, fishingtown on Norways westcoast lie 5 merchant vessels sunk in RAF raid on 17th. March 1945 when 34 Mosquitos and 12 Mustangs swept down on a german convoy in Alesund harbour and sank every ship. Norwegian salvage companies have been busy over since 1945 raising sunken vessels for recommissioning or for the scrapiron forges which have paid handsome rewards to salvage crews. Salvage work is however gamble as the rock bottom along Norways fjords is peaked, cravassed and swept by treacherous currents. So nobody in Norway paid any attention to the ships in Alesunds deep cragged harbour, until a Polish Salvage Team arrived 1 year ago (May 1957) to raise these ships. After thorough reconnaissance divings they decided to salvage 4 of the ships, and started with the largest "Consul Carl von Fisser" 10 000ton cargoliner, after 3 months "Consul Fisser" showed its bow above water only to turnaround and ship back again as one of the lifting pontoons burst under the pressure. It proved impossible to lift Consul Fisser again as she had burst open and shipped out below her 200 feet deep shelf. The poles undauntedly turned to the smaller vessels and in October 1957 started working on the 3000 tonner Log. All during the winter blizzards their divers went down working steadily at the backbreaking job of unloading the LOG's cargo of Limestone. This had to be done by hand at 120' when divers could only remain submerged for 50 minutes a day. After unloading approximately 600tonns underwater by hand the ship was light enough to be raised. Only the wires cut through the rusty plated like a hot knife through butter. So down want the divers again to line the ships side with steel plates. Finally last week the Log was raised above sealevel and pumped. The reward of 1 years toil 2000 tonns of scrapiron, the value of which has dropped from as much as 20% per ton when work begun to todays average of 5 GBP per ton. The heavy tugs are arriving next week in Alesund to tug back to Poland the Salvage pontoons and the rusty hall of LOG.
The rest of the sunken ships will remain at the bottom of Alesund harbour, nobody not even the Poles can turn their rusty hulls into cash.