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<font color='#0000FF'>Just came back from a dive on Dronning Maud (Queen Maud) north of Narvik up here in Northern Norway.
Now I'm not that great a photographer and my camera's not all that but I hope my pics do show a bit of what we did experience today.

FANTASTIC! I'm telling you, imagine 4 guys diving together in rubberlike suits with a hardon for 45 minutes! Or don't.

Stats: 4C in the water, 3C in the air. Max depth 31,6m.









And for those of you coming up here in August/September: I can't promise this vis, but I can promise you an okay dive nevertheless  


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<font color='#728FCE'>SH1T!!!!!

Amazing photos, I think I need to go & dive there!
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>Thanks. Here are a few more I uploaded.

One of the vents on starboard side. Taken from about 18 meters.



I did take quite a few pics of divers taking pics... Three of us brought cameras  




Following hthe theme here I've taken a picture of Frank taking a picture of Erik taking a picture of a critter on the mast.
I'm at 6 meters, they're at 16, the bow below is at 25 meters.



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I thought diving on the Dronning Maud was prohibited, Kyrre, or am I mixing it up with another wreck? Anyway, great pics and fantastic vis.
 

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Quote[/b] (John Gulliver @ Feb. 14 2004,11:33)]I thought diving on the Dronning Maud was prohibited, Kyrre, or am I mixing it up with another wreck? Anyway, great pics and fantastic vis.
<font color='#0000FF'>No ammo nor remnants on board Dronning Maud, except from some horses remaining down below. There's a BV 222 flying boat in the area that is prohibited since it was full of nurses at the time it crashed.

The prohibited wrecks are the destroyers in Rombaksfjord including Georg Thiele in addition to the Erich Giese and the two Norwegian warships in Narvik harbour.

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Hey Kyrre,

Simply stunning photos my friend! Superb viz and the wrecks still looking like ships and not scrap-yards! And of course, I'm  not remotely jealous!  


Thanks for posting them here mate.
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>Thanks Bren.

I guess that's one of the good things about living in the Fjord-lands. Although we do have a tidal difference of about 3 meters there's rarely any current, not someting to take into consideration anyway. Slack water? Who cares?  

Another effect is that the wrecks, unless they've been salvaged or demolished due to proximity to shipping lanes, are mainly intact, even in shallow water.

Much can be said about the war but it certainly made diving more exciting...

Here's one I forgot:

 

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<font color='#000080'>Kyrre,

Your English is impecible but I'm sure I've just thought of a few more colourful words that you might not have heard before!


As usual, stunning pictures. You're killing me, just killing me!
 

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Much as I love my twins, I am now looking at flying, as the car ferry option is looking VERY expensive - £550 for 2 and a car!

I still plan on going.
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>This is better than PORNNNNNNNNNNN..

I nearly had to run upstairs


Excellent shots, mr norseman..........

Wish my divers had taken pics like that today , just to show Chasey that we do have good viz .

Nice work , mate ,
safe diving ,

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<font color='#0000FF'>Thanks for the comments, guys. I appreciate it.

Here's a bit on the wreck itself:



Built in 1925 she was a coastal steamer and she soon got the most sophisticated equipment available, such as radio and echo-sounder. She was the first ship in Norway that "called" someone by telephone through a radio station.
On May 1 1940 she was transporting 8 horses,3 lorries and 116 Norwegian Territorial Army medical personnel. She carried a large red cross flag on the deck. Nevertheless she was attacked by two Heinkel 115's which got in two bomb hits, sending Dronning Maud to the bottom.

According to the experts she's one of the prettiest wrecks we've got here in Norway. And I can believe that. Despite the two bombhits she's in very good shape and with about 235 feet length there's a good chance you need several dives to see the whole boat. I've had three dives and have only covered a third of it!

Here's a link showing a series of images of the Queen getting built and eventually the interior. Even though the text is Norwegian it's fairly easy to navigate through the site.

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wow stunning pics...a but like Dover but with Viz!
really really want to come to Norway now....
 

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<font color='#000080'>More great pics. Keep them coming mate.
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>kyrre,
in bits with the flue and your pics certainly hit the spot.
nice one!!!

cheer
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Fantastics pics, just had a mail from a friend today asking if I fancied going there!! I think I've just decided!!!!
 

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I think there's something in the Geneva Convention regarding torture & it's fair to say that what you're subjecting us to fulfils all the requirements!

Quick poll:
A Bar Kyrre
B Shoot Kyrre
C Nick his camera
D Nick all his diving gear just to spite the sod
E Prostrate oneself to Kyrre for the tremendous quality of the pics and offer whatever sordid favours he can think of just to get to go diving where he does..

Put me down for E.












And A,B,C,D.  Git
 

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[b said:
Quote[/b] (Rob Evans @ Mar. 26 2004,00:47)]A Bar Kyrre
B Shoot Kyrre
C Nick his camera
D Nick all his diving gear just to spite the sod
E Prostrate oneself to Kyrre for the tremendous quality of the pics and offer whatever sordid favours he can think of just to get to go diving where he does..

Put me down for E.

And A,B,C,D.  Git
<font color='#0000FF'>Thanks for all the kind words, Rob.  


And the rest of you lot. I really do appreciate it.

Well as stated earlier I'm only a drive to Stansted and £250 away from you lot. You're welcome to visit any time. Within some 2 hours drive I've got about 15 wrecks to chose from...
Don't need much more than a long weekend, do you? Oh,and should you come after 25th of May you can dive in sunshine all day all night.  
(Vis isn't that great in the summer though, as stated earlier you may come below 10 meters in the shallows.)

I posted these somewhere else but they're taken on Dronning Maud too:







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