The foundation “Duik de Noordzee schoon” has committed itself to a cleaner North Sea and the preservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage.
The expedition is not only to clean up the North Sea but has a second goal of continuing the search for the submarine O13, which has been missing since 1940.
By investigating potential wreck locations the diving team hopes that it will contribute to the search for the missing Hr.Ms. O13. Finding the O13 would offer great consolation to the families and loved ones of the perished crew.
The submarine Hr.Ms. O13 was built for the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1928 at the former “Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde” currently known as Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding.
At the German invasion 10 May 1940 the O13 was attacked several times by German airplanes. On the same day the O13 had to divert to the UK. The O13 disappeared without a trace a short while later.
The O13 is the last Netherlands submarine that is not yet recovered and it is believed the wreck lies
somewhere at the bottom of the North Sea. The O13 is ‘Still On Patrol’.