Tirpitz

Håkøy, near Tromsø, Norway

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Sørbotn off Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 1944-1945
Tirpitz shortly after it was sunk. Photo taken in winter-spring 1944-1945.
Sørbotn off Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 2004
Tirpitz wreck site off Håkøy. Many wrongly believe the big construction is a part of Tirpitz, when they visit the wreck site. Actually it is a working platform that was used for the scrapping of the Tirpitz. It is clearly visible when the water level is low as it was when this photo was taken.
A view towards west of the Tirpitz wreck site. The working platform is clearly visible.
Photo of the Tirpitz wreck site with Balsfjord in the background. The red buoy marks where Tirpitz stem was.
Another photo of the Tirpitz wreck site with the red buoy marking where Tirpitz stem was.
Tirpitz wreck site and Balsfjord. It was from this direction Tirpitz was attacked by British Lancaster bombers with Tall Boy bombs.
Tirpitz wreck site with the working platform and Balsfjord in the background.
Below this water surface the remains of the Tirpitz is laying. In the background the island Store Grindøy can be seen.
When this photo was taken the water level was extremely low and it is easy to see the working platform that was used when Tirpitz was scrapped. To the right of the photo a piece of the wreck of Tirpitz is sticking out of the water. The island Tromsøy can be seen in the background.
Tirpitz wreck site seen from Håkøy. The small red wodden building also excisted when Tirpitz was attacked. Despite it was laying between two Tall Boy bombs that hit the ground close to it it survived although it was seriously damaged.
The wreck site of Tirpitz. When the water level is high the working platform is barely visible.
A view towards south, south-east showing Tirpitz's wreck site and Balsfjord. When Tirpitz was attacked the British aircraft came from this direction. The working platform is barely visible due to the high water level.
This photo shows a part of an anchor chain that helped to keep Tirpitz in her anchorage off Håkøy. The chain is connected to concrete in the ground.
One of the huge impact craters from a Tall Boy that missed its target.
Another impressive crater from a Tall Boy that hit the ground of Håkøy reminding people about what happened at this location.
Webmaster John Asmussen next to a Tall Boy crater on Håkøy.
Another of several Tall Boy bomb craters on Håkøy.
Sørbotn off Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 1944-1945
British reconnaissance photo taken shortly after Tirpitz was sunk in 1944.
Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 2004
Håkøy island as seen from north, north-west. Tirpitz was anchored at the opposite side of the island.
Tirpitz's wreck site at the south, south-east side of Håkøy and a view towards the Balsfjord from where the British Lancaster aircraft came when they attacked Tirpitz 29. October and 12. November 1944.
Another view of the Tirpitz wreck site and Balsfjord. The island to the left is called Store Grindøy.
Sørbotn off Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 1947-1949
The wreck of Tirpitz in Sørbotn off the island of Håkøy near Tromsø in Norway. The scrapping of the wreck is well underway. Notice the craters where Tall Boy bombs hit, that missed their target. There are two craters on land on this photo (one is hard to see but is located to the far left surrounded by threes). Four craters can be seen in the water. You can find it by looking for the four darker spots very close to the coast line. Also notice the small wooden building right next to the coast line almost in the center of the photo. This building still exist. There are two craters (one on land and one at sea) very close to it, but it survived although seriously damaged.
A photo of the wreck of Tirpitz taken after the war. The scrapping of the wreck is in process.
Sørbotn off Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 2004
Aerial view of the Sørbotn and the Tirpitz wreck site with the island Håkøy in the background.
The wreck site of Tirpitz seen from south-east.
The wreck site of Tirpitz seen from east.
The wreck site of Tirpitz seen from north-east.
Another view of the Tirpitz wreck site seen from east.
The island of Håkøy as seen from the Tirpitz wreck site.
The wreck site of Tirpitz seen from south-west.
The wreck site of Tirpitz seen from west.
The wreck site of Tirpitz seen from south.
Tirpitz Memorial on Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 2004
Tirpitz Wreck Site Diving off Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 2004
Webmaster John Asmussen ready to dive on the Tirpitz wreck site, 31. May 2004.
Photos of Tirpitz Wreck Site off Håkøy near Tromsø, Norway, 2004
Photos: © Thomas Hansen and Philippe Caresse


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