The Helga Ferdinand was a 2566grt German cargo vessel sunk during a British air raid in November 1944. The Aquila was sunk during the same attack. She lies upright and largely intact on a gently sloping bottom with the bows shallowest. There are anti-aircraft guns at the bow and on the foremast, and a mounting but no gun at the stern. There is an auxilliary wheel above the bridge, and the engine room is accessible via a door one deck down behind the funnel on the starboard side and through the skylight (however since these are at nearly 50m, penetration would be a very serious undertaking). The foremast is intact and rises to about 25m. A derrick forward of the bridge rises to about 38m. The forward holds are empty, but the two holds abaft the bridge contain coal. It is almost 70m to the seabed at the stern.
Photo: Peter Ferdinand
Video taken on the wreck:
http://matthewduke.com/images/2005Helgaferdinand.wmv (Large) 178 MB
http://matthewduke.com/images/2005HF_small.wmv Small) 18MB