The German steamship Bärenfels laid at anchor in Bergen harbor, when suddenly an explosion erupted 14. April 1944. She immediately goes down in the deep. Earlier that morning the British mini submarine X24 had dropped two time delayed mines under what they believed was the big floating dock in the harbor. The Australian skipper had mistaken the dock with Bärenfels. In the explosion eleven men perished, and anther seven were injured. She was left alone until the war ended, when the Norwegian salvage company Anda Brothers started to salvage her. Also the salvage company Norsk Bjergningskompani worked on the wreck. They managed to raise the stern and put it under tow towards Hauglandsosen. Unfortunately for the company, that didn't go too well and the stern sank again. The stern section rest today outside Berland on a depth of 20 to 35 meters at the "37 meter" mark on sea draft number 23.

Former names:

142,8 x 17,8 x 9,9 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7569 grt Tecklenburg ( D ) 1921 Bremen ( D )

60° 31' 13" N, 5° 4' 32" E

Picture: Bärenfels
Originally from skovheim.org