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Remains of the BD-5 Convoy ships found in the Kara Sea

Remains of the BD-5 Convoy ships found in the Kara Sea

Members of the 2015 Kara Expedition lowered wreaths at the site of the remains of the BD (White Sea-Dikson) No. 5 (BD-5) Convoy ships, which sank during the Great Patriotic War.

The day before, the first underwater object was inspected, which was found in the area where the BD-5 Convoy sank. According to the data obtained during the inspection of the ship using a remote underwater vehicle, it is the Marina Raskova.

The ship's hull, split into two parts, lies at a depth of 46 meters. According to the press service of the Fertoing engineering company, the damage analysis confirmed that the ship sank after being torpedoed by a German U-365 submarine.

The BD (White Sea-Dikson) No. 5 (BD-5) Convoy left Severodvinsk on July 8, 1944. Sailing aboard the Marina Raskova large transport ship, in addition to its crew, were explorers traveling to their shift, the families of specialists working on Dikson, White Sea Flotilla service members, and civil employees of the Northern Sea Route's Main Department. The ship was carrying over 6,000 metric tons of food and technical cargo for the Kara Naval Base and the Nordvikstroy and Arctic stations. In all, there were 752 people in the convoy.

On August 12, 1944, the convoy was attacked by a German U-365 submarine. As a result, 378 Soviet service members and civilians were killed. Several dozen people managed to escape in a wooden kungas boat. Upon reaching the shore, the boat's passengers struggled for their lives for a few more days, but were unable to survive the harsh Arctic conditions. The dead were interred that same year, and in 1947, due to the efforts of the polar station employees, the remains were reburied. The burial site is located a few meters from the Kara Sea shore.