54° 32′ 19.9″ N , 18° 57′ 57.3″ E
Depth above the wreck: 48m
Depth at the bottom: 70m
A power tanker, whose construction began in 1937 at the Deutche Wrek Kiel shipyard, launched the hull on March 8, 1939. In 1942, towed to the Burmeister & Wain shipyard in Copenhagen, finished and commissioned there on March 17, 1943. The ship is powered by four Diesel engines, 9 cylinders each. Equipped with two fixed pitch screw propellers. The tanker’s work range ended at the Baltic Sea, where he served as a supplier for battleship Prinz Eugen, additionally supplying torpedo and minesweep units. Sunk in April 8, 1945 by Soviet air force.
The length between perpendiculars Lpp 175.00 m
Total length Lc 179.00 m
22 m wide
Draft 10.2 m
Buoyancy 22850 tons
crew 94 – 208 people depending on the nature of the mission
Four Diesel internal combustion engines, 9 cylinders each.
Two fixed pitch screws.
Three 150 mm guns
16 anti-aircraft guns 2.0 cm
2 3.7 cm anti-aircraft guns.
Franken is one of the most interesting wrecks lying in the area between Gdańsk and Hel. The wreck lies evenly on the keel. Because of the explosion it was divided into two parts. The smaller, bow part is about 420 meters away from the rest of the wreck and is the less frequently visited part of the wreck. Most dives are performed on a larger part, consisting of stern, midship and superstructure. The wreck is really big, thanks to which it makes a good impression, especially when the visibility is good. It is certainly worth seeing the deeper stern part of the wreck, but the superstructure starting at 48 meters is noteworthy. The wreck is intended for technical divers due to its depth.
Currently, diving on the wreck is prohibited. We are waiting for Franken to be made available by the Maritime Office.