Or, is it true that on the night of the disaster the bow thrusters were out of order due to the bad technical state of the vessel? A dozen trucks I managed to see gave me a view of the tragedy that happened at that spot. It was Wednesday, 14th January, The water clarity was medium, i. The stern port couldn’t be seen at this spot, as the Heweliusz keel lurch caused its loss some meters from the current resting place of the wreck. The dive line descended down to the railing on the starboard of the Heweliusz, close to the stern. The shower room, ladies’ and men’s rooms, mini-bar, 30 sleeping places, good-sized mess serving breakfast and dinner, as well as the promenade deck and hot water on tap met the requirements of even the most demanding divers.

The height of the Heweliusz could only have been compared to a smaller apartment building. Not an hour later, all of the expedition participants went under, all 24 of us waiting to experience something exciting, to take in a sight you should see at least once. Our arrival was awaited by a ship that was to take us to the Heweliusz site. I had heard stories of diving expeditions that, on arriving at the Heweliusz site, could only take pictures of themselves with the buoy marking the ferry’s final resting place and were forced to return to the port due to high water, which appeared out of nowhere during their journey from Sasnitz to the wreck. The light and water clarity was too tragic for the photos show; moreover, during wreck diving no one really notices the smallest creatures that inhabit the wreck’s sides and require very careful dive. That thought plagued my mind on the Sunday night of 11th August, just before falling asleep. Some of the photos I took during the first dive were unusable. The stern port couldn’t be seen at this spot, as the Heweliusz keel lurch caused its loss some meters from the current resting place of the wreck.

That thought plagued my mind on the Sunday night of 11th August, just before falling asleep. The shower room, ladies’ and men’s rooms, mini-bar, 30 sleeping places, good-sized mess serving breakfast and dinner, as well as the promenade deck and hot water on tap met the requirements of even the most demanding divers.

At the level of 17 meters 5 decks were located. The stern port couldn’t be seen at this spot, as the Heweliusz keel lurch caused its loss some meters from the current resting place of the wreck.

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The trucks could still be seen during the dive, spilling from the wreck like toy cars sticking out from a drawer in a child’s room. That was one reason to return to the site. The water was warm, with surface temperature of 17 centigrade and 7 by the sea bottom. The noise of the engines kept some people from falling asleep. By the mooring place of the dive line, German divers placed a memorative plaque, urging visitors to show consideration and respect for the wreck, and refrain from taking anything found underwater.

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First, Tomek Stopyra described the wreck, diving conditions and safety, providing us with several details of the ferry’s history that were unknown to most of us.

We packed speedily, made the last photos with Brigitte in the background, and then departed for Poland. The only complication was the long route and the slow speed of travel on the German side, due to the locals driving by the book.

Wreck of the ferry M/F Jan Heweliusz

Eventually, the Maritime Chamber laid the blame on the captain and his crew. Still, the tiredness was well worth the experience and the sights we took in The dive line descended down to the railing on the starboard of the Heweliusz, close to the stern. Still, haste makes waste.

The light and water clarity was too tragic for the photos show; moreover, during wreck diving no hewelusz really notices the smallest creatures that inhabit the wreck’s sides and require very careful dive.

One more risky, but certainly not as long. The boat deck with passenger cabins was separated from the hull during the ferry’s drift and rested heweliusa a dozen or so meters from the wreck; similarly, the command deck with captain’s bridge was also severed from the main part of the vessel, as well as severely damaged and stuck into the sand.

Not an hour later, all of the expedition participants went under, all 24 of us waiting to experience something exciting, to take in a sight you should see at least once. The step Beaufort scale didn’t provide for wind of such crashing power, otherwise unknown on the Baltic Sea. The biggest pile-up on the highway does not leave so much mess.

A dozen trucks I managed to see gave me a view of the tragedy that happened at that spot. Hopefully, the weather would hold. All the evidence suggested that as the ferry toppled over, they were still in their cabins, which soon became their final hewweliusz places. I had heard stories of diving expeditions that, on arriving at the Heweliusz site, could only take pictures of themselves with the buoy marking the ferry’s final resting place and were forced to return to the prpm due to high water, which appeared out of nowhere during their journey from Sasnitz to the wreck.

Just to be safe, I took a picture of it, and during the break between the dives, Tomek Stopyra and his Divemaster raised the piece onboard of the Brigitte. During that dive I found a fragment of concrete cast from the passenger deck, which apparently was not mentioned in the ferry’s overhaul documentation. According to Stopyra, it was only poor. All the species were great subjects for macro photography, but who would think about shooting cm objects during a dive at a meter long wreck.

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The weather conditions were acceptable.

It had to be seen. More than that makes life difficult for all the passengers. Therefore I know that I have to return to the spot, hoping to see it with better water clarity. The piece of concrete rested on the sandy bed some five meters from the wreck. The best part of the dive was the view of the Heweliusz bow.

The time was running out. Any diver could survive in such conditions, even a person in a wet suit. More importantly, somewhere on the stern side, between the ship’s hull and the sand, a small family of codfish would be usually found, only to be chased off by the underwater crowds.

Fortunately, the ship’s owner had foreseen it, and prepared his vessel for longer expeditions with sleeping accommodations onboard. After a 3-hour cruise, the sea became calm enough that you could teach beginners how to dive the wreck.

Arriving in Sasnitz on Germany’s Rugen island was easy indeed. It was difficult to describe in a few words. It was Wednesday, 14th January, Our arrival was awaited by a ship that was to take us to the Heweliusz site.

There are still many questions and doubts; moreover, it is not universally known that the Heweliusz had had stability problems even before the sinking. Finally we could concentrate on visiting the decks.

Text and photos by: Some of the photos I took during the first dive were unusable.

Loss of the ferry “Jan Heweliusz” “On the night of 14th Januarya Polish ferry “Jan Heweliusz” sank in tragic circumstances in the vicinity of the Rugen island, and actually some 15 miles off the cape Arkona. There were hardly any spots without the crust, and in some places rust pits were showing. A storm was raging on the Baltic Sea, with the wind blowing at the velocity of km per hour.

It rested at the level of 10 meters, offering a good spot to start the dive from the stern side, where you could catch a view of the propeller and the rudder. The atmosphere, description of the events as well as the photo and film materials presented before the descent attested to the professionalism of the organizers; still, this wreck has special significance in the history of Polish scuba diving or Baltic Sea sailing.