Friday, April 20, 2012

Submarine SC-213 who sunk the Struma


Wreck diving Aquarius dive center Constanta Romania Black Sea SC213
This submarine is found by divers from Aquarius dive center on 15 November 2008 and was never visited by any other divers after she sunk in October 1942.

After the first dive it was sure that we found a Russian submarine from the SC (Schuka) class.
According the available information we had 3 candidates, SC-206, SC-208 and the SC-213. The evidence found during the dives indicates with 100% that this submarine was from a X type so it could not be  SC-206.



With the help of a Russian Submarine historian (Mr. Miroslav) and direct access to Russian archives, numerous dives on the wreck,  comparing all the available data, etc etc in August 2010
divers from Aquarius dive center, Constanta were finally in the position to announce the discovery and identification  of a Submarine from the Second World War from Russian origin in the Constanta area (Black Sea).

According our 2 years of investigation the Submarine was identified as SC-213.


  Wreck diving Aquarius dive center Constanta Romania Black Sea SC213






The wreck lay at a maximum depth of 31 meters and list a 30 degrees to starboard side. There is damage in the conning tower area what is caused by a mine from minefield S7.

Wreck diving Aquarius dive center Constanta Romania Black Sea SC213
A brief overview:

SC-213 (X type) from the Schuka class with a crew of 43 sailors including commander Isaev Nikolaij Vasil left on 28.9.1942 at 00.01h the harbor Batumi, Georgia to go in position № 45 for here 6 th war patrol. No contact was made after her departure and was considered to be lost between 01.10. 1942 / 14.10.1942. The submarine shows clear damage from a mine explosion what confirmed the thought of loss, back in 1942.

Wreck diving Aquarius dive center Constanta Romania Black Sea SC213 StrumaWreck diving Aquarius dive center Constanta Romania Black Sea SC213 SC-213 became famous because she was claimed to be the submarine what torpedoed on here 4 th patrol the under Panamas flag sailing motor vessel STRUMA. The STRUMA was transporting Jewish refugees from Constanta, Romania to Palestine.

STRUMA was torpedoed on the 24 th of February 1942 killing a estimated 764 refugees including a 120 children (other sources mention about 767 refugees and 10 crew members). Only one person survived, Mr. David Stoliar.

The last years several attempts by relatives and famous international divers were made to localize the STRUMA what sunk in the Bosporus, Black Sea. Till now without a 100% positive result.

This identification of the SC-213 is announced on 23 August 2010 to the Romanian authorities and representatives of the Russian Federation in Romania.

During our wreck research, no penetrations were made out of respect for those who lost their lives.

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This submarine is no longer on patrol...

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