The Wilhelm Krag was a Norwegian freighter that was sunk on April 24th 1917 by the German U-Boat, U-35 (captained by Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière). Built in Newcastle in1899 by the Northumberland shipping company, measuring in at 103.6m long and weighing 3.715 tons, the Wilhelm Krag was making its way back from Genoa to Barry, in the UK, with no cargo. It was intercepted by U-35, who had already engaged 2 other vessels that day (the Torvore and the Nordsoen), and sunk using the U-Boats 105mm deck gun after the crew members had been ordered to abandon ship. There were no casualties and the crew were picked up by the Galgo, a Portuguese stream tug, and disembarked in the port of Lagos.
Size: 103.7 x 14.6 x 7.9m
Weight: 3.715 tons
Engine: 304HP Triple Expansion Engine
Number of Decks: unknown originally, only surface deck remaining.
Wreck Penetration: No, although there are a couple small overhead environments
36m to sand, 29m minimum depth.
The huge boilers are still intact and, due to the many small holes, are home to conga and moray eels. This wreck is also good for scorpion fish, spider crabs and spiny European lobsters.
Required diver level/training:
Advanced open water with at least 30 dives and sufficient deep dive experience. Or AOW with deep specialty. Nitrox is recommended.