Finding the sites
The majority of the salvage areas of the battleships and battle cruisers are easily identified in the remote sensing data either by the remaining footprint on the seabed or the remains of scattered wreckage.
|Bayern||489769.63||6528774.62||35||Depression & Debris|
|Friedrick der Grosse||489315.94||6528614.14||34||Depression|
|Remains of destroyer||489246.03||6526281.91||19||Partial hull|
The table above shows the position of the scuttled vessels prior to salvage operations commencing (reproduced by kind permission of the UKHO).
The salvage sites most frequently dived are those of the SMS Bayern and the SMS Seydlitz. The Bayern is particularly popular because her turrets were left in position on the seabed when she was salvaged. While the barrels of the guns, and a large proportion of the turrets, are buried, the remains do give the diver an impression of how large the guns were. By contrast the unsalvaged battleships rest upside down on the seabed, having 'turned turtle' while sinking due to the great weight of their armoured superstructures. As a consequence, their armaments are not accessible.
See the wreck page on the Bayern for more detials.
The SMS Seydlitz is a popular second dive because it is shallower, and the slight current across this site encourages an abundance of encrusting marine life and fish.
The remaining salvage sites are also dived but, due to the depth and lack of major features, on a less regular basis.