Regarding the Russian submarine (SOM)
Letter to the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven and Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström.
Relatives have not received any response at all!
Letter: sent 06.06.2016,
To Swedish Prime Minister Mr. Stefan Löfven
We sincerely request to give the necessary permission to the good Swedish company “Ocean X Team AB” which is acting in cooperation with the Icelandic company “Ixplorer ehf.” to make the salvage of the shipwreck of the Russian Empire submarine “Som” sunk on 10th of May 1916 in Swedish territorial waters close by to Grislehamn.
Our direct relative – the commander of the submarine Khrisanf Buguraev – died in the accident in between the submarine and the Swedish vessel “Angermanland”.
We would like to receive his remains after the salvage to make the burial with full respect ceremony in Russia.
Ocean X Team and Ixplorer ehf. are the discoverers of the shipwreck of the submarine and is the salvage companies able to do the professional salvage of the submarine. The companies are going to hire one of the best salvage worldwide recognized company “Resolve Marine” and the supervisor of the salvage will be the famous salvage-master Mr. Nick Sloane. We are sure about the professionalism of these companies and the people.
Ocean X Team and Ixplorer EHF. provide the full respect for the Russian submarines died in the accident. They arranged the special orthodox pray and memorizing the 100 years’ day of the tragedy. The ceremony provided on 23-d of May 2016.
We believe in their heartiness and sincerity in this case and we are sure they do the job the most correct and safe way.
As the direct relatives of the commander we request the fulfillment of the application for the salvage done by Ocean X Team in terms of asking the exclusive rights for the salvage with the aim to forward the submarine to Russia and provide the ceremonial burial procedures for the Russian Empire submarines.
Relatives of the commander of the submarine “Som”:
Десятилетиями о местонахождении субмарины ничего не было известно. Водолазы обнаружили «Сом» только в прошлом году, а сейчас на место трагедии прибыли потомки командира легендарного экипажа. Репортаж Игоря Максименко: (см. видео)
A ceremony were held off the coastal town of Grisslehamn in Sweden, on the 23 May. It was on the day exactly 100 years since the Russian submarine ”SOM” collided with the Swedish steamer ”Ångermanland”, and sunk with all 18 crew members still onboard. The Commander of the submarine’s grand grand children attended the ceremony. Konstantin Buguruev, Olga and Lyuba thrown 18 lilly-flowers in the water while all 18 crew’s name were read out loud. (Grisslehamn, Sweden, 2016-05-23)
SOM was found by Ocean X Team and I-Eplorer in the summer of 2015
Dennis and Peter with the compass from the Russian submarine SOM (former the Holland 1 ”Fulton”). SOM sunk the 23 May 1916 after a collision with a Swedish mail steamer.
Rasmus Ravensborg dive team made the salvage effort of the compass from 88 meters depth.
The diver Martin Kindvig succeeded to take ultrasonic thickness measurements of the submarine’s hull, much thanks to Cygnus Instruments ultrasonic gauge; DIVE.
Next step is to convince the Russian authorities to cooperate with us since both ”sides” want the same thing; salvage the submarine, take care of the remaines of the 18 submariners and make sure they will get their final rest in Russian soil, and then bring the submarine to Russia.
For information, the compass is now handed over to the police to be stored under their responsibility, with the maritime musuem supervision.
The expedition was organized by Ocean X Team in cooperation with Ixplorer.
Contributors who sponsored this expedition: Cygnus Instruments, Ocean Modules, Paragon boats, Nimbus boats, Marczak Film and Björnkläder.
Experts has managed to restore a crashed HDD with ROV-video recordings from the anomaly. The film material, which is of bad quality, will be checked before released for public viewing. Meanwhile will we present some still pictures from the videos though.
The first dive, with Ocean X team & Ixplorer on the newly found WW1 Russian submarine the SOM (catfish), which sank in 1916 in the Baltic Sea, after a collision with a Swedish vessel.
Photo: Stefan Hogeborn, Ocean X Team.
Burned organic material on Baltic anomaly rock sample
Preliminary lab tests made by different experts at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Institute of Archaeology in the Tel-Aviv University (Micromorphology of Archaeological Sediments and Infrared Spectroscopy) shows that a piece of basalt rock that was recovered from the circular shaped anomaly in the Baltic Sea has burned organic material on it. Further analyzes will hopefully show what kind of material it might be, and even try to date it.