Jan Heweliusz


The Polish ferry Jan Heweliusz capsized in the Baltic sea 14.January 1993 after having sailed in strong western winds. With strong winds and a cargo which misplaced itself under deck, this was more than enough for her to capsize, even if the crew did their best to correct the listing that had started to occur. For several days the ferry laid upside down in the water before she went down in the deep 21.January 1993. When Jan Heweliusz capsized, 54 people perished. The wreck rest today on a depth of 27 meter at Cape Arcona outside the German island of Rügen.

Former names:
Jan Heweliusz

125,66 x 17,02 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3015 grt Brevik ( N ) 1977 Gdynia ( PL )

54° 36' 28.6" N , 14° 13' 5.8" E

Picture: Jan Heweliusz
Originally from skovheim.org
Underwater Video
"The wreck of the Jan Heweliusz, the Polish ferry which sank two years ago off the shores of the German island of Rugia, is being systematically plundered. Swedish television recently showed photographs taken with an underwater camera by German diver Dirk Hartman, which clearly show that on the port stern side of the hull, a huge hole has been made with a blowtorch. The entry gate on the stern has also been removed. Trucks and containers which were lying close to each other after the wreck capsized have disappeared and in the interior of the ferry only some remains can be seen. Amateurs would not be able to execute such a major operation, for which pontoon cranes would be necessary. A loaded truck weighs from 15 to 20 tons; even considering its "lighter" weight underwater, it would still be very difficult to bring up from an 11m depth. The German authorities which control the seaway under which the wreck is located doubt that whole trucks could be surreptitiously removed, though they acknowledge what the Swedes have shown on television: that a huge hole has been cut in the hull"