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Havda

Location

W of Lutelandet

Position

61 15.0N 04 56.5E

Depth

16-30m

Chart

N787

The Havda was a 677gt coastal passenger steamer built in Scotland in 1881. She had a steel hull measuring 55x8x4 metres. She was sunk by British aircraft in December 1944, while on passage towards Bergen. Six people were killed in the attack, including several Norwegian crew. 

  

Today the Havda rests on her port side, with the decks at an angle of about 60 degrees, and the bows facing E. She lies across a gently shelving sandy bottom with the keel shallowest and the top of the mast at about 30m. The shallowest part of the wreck is the midships starboard gunwhale at 16m. The hull is intact, but much of the wooden decking has rotted away revealing two levels below, which are easily entered. Much of the superstructure has collapsed to the seabed, and a mast lies out along the sand. The engine block and propeller shaft are clearly visible. There were human remains - a skull and long bones - in the central section of the Havda in 2003, but I believe they may now have been removed for burial.

Links

http://www.skovheim.org/located/sogn/havda/havda.html