Canadian navy recover wwii explosives 240719 CREDIT Canadian Navy.jpg
WWII

Canadian Navy Divers Recover WWII Ordnance From British Wreck

Clearance divers brought unexploded explosive ordnance from SS Saganaga to the surface for safe disposal.

Canadian navy recover wwii explosives 240719 CREDIT Canadian Navy.jpg

Bell Island was one of the few places in Canada be attacked by the Germans (Picture: Royal Canadian Navy).

Divers from the Canadian Navy have collected unexploded ordnance from a Second World War British shipwreck.

SS Saganaga, a British merchant ship, was anchored off Bell Island, Newfoundland, when it was sunk by the German forces in September 1942.

Members of the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic carried out a retrieval mission off the coast of the island on 16 and 17 July 2019, following a sweep of four ships sunk during the same time.

The other wrecks were two Canadian ships, Lord Strathcona and Rose Castle, a French vessel, PLM 27, and the British ship.

The unexploded explosive devices were safely removed from the ships and carefully placed in an armoured vehicle designed to transport explosives.

The ordnance travelled for about 45 minutes to a safe location where they were later detonated.

A video published by the Royal Canadian Navy reveals that the vessels were at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, covered and surrounded by marine life.

Bell Island was one of the few places in Canada be attacked by the Germans during the Second World War.