The wreck of the Tirpitz.

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The wreck of the Tirpitz.

Postby warshipbuilder » Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:49 pm

Can anyone give me a bit of post-war history on the wreck of the Tirpitz?

My memory tells me she was pretty much salvaged and nothing is left today.
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Postby Gary » Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:07 pm

Hi Warshipbuilder

Try this

http://www.bobhenneman.info/Tirpitzwreck.htm

Or alternatively you can go over to John Asmussens site as he has a section on the Tirpitz wreck

http://www.bismarck-class.dk/tirpitz/tirpitz_menu.html

Scroll down to the bottom and look under the Miscellaneous sub heading.
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Postby warshipbuilder » Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:26 pm

Thanks for that Gary. Very interesting indeed.
In the old b&w film made about the exploits of the X craft, am I correct in remembering something about the wreck of at least one of these laying underneath Tirpitz after being abandoned by its crew, and if so, were any x-craft salvaged along with the ship's remains?

Or might it still be there somewhere?
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Postby Gary » Sat Jul 15, 2006 3:08 pm

Hi again Warshipbuilder.

I believe X-5 went missing and was never found nor was her fate ever established.

I would assume her wreck to be in and around the area
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X-Crafts and Tirpitz

Postby Antonio Bonomi » Sat Jul 15, 2006 6:35 pm

Ciao all,

X-Crafts attacked the Tirpitz on KaaFjord ( Alta ) and out of 3 midget sub's ( X-5, 6 and 7 ) only X-5 fate is unknown and the sub never found yet together with his crew.
One charge recently found could be of X-5.
The attack occurred on September 22nd, 1943.

Tirpitz wreck is in Tromso ( not in KaaFjord - Alta ) so a different city and a different anchor place the last one the battleship was moved on October 1944.
Tirpitz sunk on November 12th, 1944.

Just for the record.

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Books

Postby Antonio Bonomi » Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:16 am

Ciao all,

just for everybody interested, there are 3 books about the Operation Source, the X-Craft attack that are very good :

1) Leonce Peillard - Sink the Tirpitz

2) Pamela Mellor & Frank Walker - The mystery of X-5

3) A. R.Jacobsen - X-Craft versus Tirpitz

anyone interseted on this story must read those books,...lots of very good informations.

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Postby Karl Heidenreich » Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:57 pm

Is the wreck (or her remains) of the Tirpitz somehow visible at Google Earth? I spend some time looking around Tromso and didn´t find anything.
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Tirpitz wreck

Postby Antonio Bonomi » Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:23 pm

Ciao Karl and all,

NO !,.. almost invisible even on clear sunny sky days from the top,.. just a darker shadow on the water.

Here some references for you to use :

Tromsø, Sorbotn and the end of Tirpitz

http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=436

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Postby Danelov » Mon Sep 18, 2006 2:08 pm

Quote:Is the wreck (or her remains) of the Tirpitz somehow visible at Google Earth? I spend some time looking around Tromso and didn´t find anything.


No, was complete broken up after the war ;the are still at place the remmants of the platform builded and utilised for the broken Up process by the demolition company , and some minor debris allround. Also still at place the craters done by the Tallboy bombs.Many people had confunded this platform as a part of the ship, but that´s wrong.The only fragments of the ship are the few debris present in the area in the bottom, minor metal fragments, pipes,etc.
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