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All four wrecks off Bell island were sunk as a result of torpedo hits by German submarines sneaking into Conception Bay during WW2. The wrecks were English-built merchant ships designed to carry iron ore from the mines on the Bell Island to their final destinations across Atlantic. All four were built in a similar way with the superstructure located amidships and two massive cargo holds placed between the superstructure and bow/stern. Loading and unloading was done with the help of derricks located in the middle of each cargo hold.The length of all four ranged from 400 to 455 ft, and tonnage from 5500 tons to 7500 tons. Given the war time, guns were mandatory and were located at the stern.
With depth ranging from 60 to 110 ft, Saganaga was the second shallowest of the four wrecks, which allowed more time for exploration. She went down on September 5, 1942 struck by two torpedoes fired by German U-boat U-513. Saganaga and Lord Strathcona were struck and sunk on the same day, each by two torpedoes. Saganaga was hit first and Lord Strathcona crew was searching for survivors when their vessel was hit. Being heavy loaded with iron ore, both disappeared underwater within minutes. No one died on Lord Strathcona but 29 officers perished on Saganaga.
2013 update: Some of the swimthroughs are starting to collapse, but the other ones have opened up. Torpedo hole remains an attraction.

More Info; http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?15861



More Info; http://www.bellislandshipwrecks.com/explore-shipwrecks/s-s-saganaga



YouTube; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuhaR66ljko

Comments

JMH115 - 9/24/2018 3:19 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/24/2018. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
JMH115 - 9/24/2018 3:16 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/24/2002. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.

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