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In November 1935 there was an order for the ship "A', later called "Graf Zeppelin" in the shipyard Deutsche Werke in Cologne. It was an aircraft carrier, built under the program "plan Z" (expasion of the surface fleet third Reich).  Under this plan the construction of four ships was started, but only one was succesfully finished. Flight deck was on the whole hull surface, while the superstructure with funnels on the right side of the ship. Inside there were two hangars with the same width 16m and 21 watertights.three lifts provided constant contact with steering board and hangars. The start-off the planes was possible because of the catapults.

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Graf Zeppelin

55° 31' 3" N , 18° 17' 9" E

2014-07-22 11:17

Depth above the wreck: 60m

Depth at the bottom: 87m

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DESCRIPTION
In November 1935 there was an order for the ship "A', later called "Graf Zeppelin" in the shipyard Deutsche Werke in Cologne. It was an aircraft carrier, built under the program "plan Z" (expasion of the surface fleet third Reich). Under this plan the construction of four ships was started, but only one was succesfully finished. Flight deck was on the whole hull surface, while the superstructure with funnels on the right side of the ship. Inside there were two hangars with the same width 16m and 21 watertights. three lifts provided constant contact with steering board and hangars. The start-off the planes was possible because of the catapults.

The aircraft carrier was speeded by 16 hugh pressure boilers. There were four of them in each four boiler rooms. The steam was trasported into turbine units, then into propellers. The power of the ship was 200000 Bhp and maximum speed 35 nodes. Graf Zeppelin was really good aromerd, ship's side had 100mm, hull 50mm and the flight deck had extra 30mm. In Szczecin most of the machines and armament was removed. Then on 24.04.1945 it was destroyed by field artillery, taken over by Russians and transported to Swinoujscie.  In 1947 it was trasported to Leningrad for research purposes. The aircraft carrier sunk on 17.08.1947 during towing on the Baltic Sea.

DIMENSIONS (project from 1942)
Standard displacement 24500 t
Maximum displacement 33550 t
Length 262 m
Breadth 31,5 m
Draft 8,5 m

POWER
4 turbines, 16 boilers
Machine power 200000 HP
Speed 35 knots
Range 9600 Nm
Crew about 1920 people

ARMAMENT
16 gun caliber 150mm, system 8xII
12 gun caliber 105mm, system 6XII
22 antiaircrafts gun caliber 37mm, system 11xII
28 antiaircrafts gun caliber 20mm, sytem 28xI
50 planes Masserschmidt Bf-109 and dive-bombers Junker Ju/87C Stuka

DIVING DESCRIPTION
Ship's wreck quite difficult to navigate when you start your dive close to the runway. Best place for a dive is the stern of the ship with a lot of details.

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Jerzy Abramowicz

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2013-11-06 11:20
Zakaz GUM nurkowania w promieniu 500 m. powoduje, że może on być uznany za wrak "kultowy".
https://vimeo.com/13490161
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf3d8L879AE

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