Shortly after the Second World War the Cristiaan Huygens ran into a mine, in the North Sea. The disaster occurred on August 26, 1945. To avoid sinking the ship was placed on the Z-stone bank. However, on September 5, 1945 it broke the salvage attempts were stopped. The ship lays relatively shallow, with the bow at about 15 meters. The stern is pretty beaten up by the explosion, but the bow is still recognizable. The Belgian wreck diver, Vic Verlinden, managed to safe several unique bronze sculptures, made by the Dutch artist Lambertus Zyl.
Originally Dutch passengership, later troop transportation ship by the Allies in World War II. Deepest point: 25 meters (stern). Shallowest point 10 meters (bow).
The current is very strong during springtide!
CHRISTIAAN HUYGENS Features
- Suitable for
- Inexperienced wreckdivers , experienced wreck divers
- Free access
- Boat dive facilities
- Kind of dive
- Boat dive / wreck dive
- Strong / very strong at spring tide
- 0,5 - 10 meter
- Average visibility
- 2 m.
- Tot 25 meter
- Starfish, anemone, cod, flatfish, pout, cod, lobster, crab
- Other recreation