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Not much is known about this wreck, which was investigated by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH: Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie), recreational wreck-divers and scientific divers of the University of Kiel.

A sample taken from a pine frame was dendrochronologically analysed and yielded a felling date of around/after 1913. The provenance appears to be the western Mecklenburg region.

During World War II, KAYT was operated in the Kiel Bay to saveguard submarines and other navy vessels. An anti-air gun was mounted on KAYT's deck.

Eventually, KAYT hit a sea mine and sunk. The wreck's midship section is in the most fragmentary state, which probably reflects the damage sustained by the mine explosion.


Several parts of the ship were observed like a radiator, a water-tank and several rudder-pintles.

Length114.8 feet (35 m)
Width32.8 feet (10 m)


The wreck is in a state of advanced deterioration due to controlled demolitions and damage through trawling. Apparently, trawling nets have torn the forecastle into two parts. The stern section is much better preserved.

The wreck is situated in a marine traffic separation scheme near Kiel lighthouse at a depth of 18-19 metres, leading to Kiel Canal, one of the world's most frequented waterways. Due to maritime traffic, diving at this site requires special permission.


  • Peter Klink (
  • Baehr, S. (1995).
    Wracktauchen in der Ostsee: westliche Ostsee und kleiner Belt.
    Hamburg: Jahr-Verlag.
  • Huber, F. (2014).
    Unterwasserarchäologische, nicht-invasive Prospektions- und Dokumentationsverfahren in schwierigen maritimen und limnischen Gewässern (=Dissertation).
    Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

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