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Subsea Survey of World War II-Era Shipwrecks Off Ireland’s Southwest Coast

28th August 2022
SS Parthenon
The SS Parthenon was part of a convoy of ships sunk in an attack by a ‘Wolfpack’ of Nazi submarines in November 1942

Ocean Infinity is set to begin a subsea survey of two World War II-era shipwrecks off the southwest coast this week.

The SS Songa was a Norwegian-flagged cargo steamer that was torpedoed by a Nazi U-boat in January 1940. All of its crew were rescued and landed between Kinsale and Crookhaven.

The SS Parthenon, meanwhile, was a Greek-flagged steamer that was part of a convoy of ships sunk in an attack by a ‘Wolfpack’ of Nazi submarines in November 1942. Six of its 29 crew were lost.

Survey operations are scheduled to begin Monday 29 August and continue for some 11 weeks until Wednesday 16 November, weather permitting, at Latitude 49° 23' N, Longitude 11° 34' W.

The work will be conducted by the vessel Deepsea Worker (callsign 5VIP2). The vessel will use appropriate lights and shapes and can be contacted on VHF Channel 16 to provide details as required.

Contact information and a map of the survey area can be found in Marine Notice No 57 of 2022, attached below.


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