Klabautermanns Home - Background Story by Norbert Probst
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The shipyard is a beautiful place full of life and very often under heavy currents. First time I was lucky and could get some interesting pictures. At the second time I was blown away without a chance of a picture.

Shipyard, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean

Canon EOS 5D MKII, 4/17-40mm USM L, Seacam housing, 1/200s, f 7,1, ISO 200

The Shipyard is the Maldives most famous wreck diving site and one of the Lhaviyani atolls most iconic landmarks. Situated between Felivaru (Fish Factory) and Gaavelifaru there are two wrecks, one of which dramatically protrudes through the surface.

The Background story

The first ship that sank at the site was a cold storage ship from the Japanese cargo company Hokomaro. This was one of the first tuna collecting vessels that was used in the Maldives and was originally known as “Hokomaro 3″, however when it arrived the Maldives it was renamed “Skipjack 1″. At the end of Skipjack 1s’ lifespan it was to be intentionally sunk between the Lhaviyani and Baa Atolls’, however whilst being towed there the ship caught fire and sank onto the reef where it lies today.

The second ship lies in around 30m of water. The original nationality of the second ship is unknown, however its story is not. The ship first arrived in Maldivian waters without permission and after running aground inside Maldivian waters the Maldivian government seized possession of the ship and it was renamed “Gaaffaru”. The government then used the ship as a cargo transporter between Male and Colombo. One day in 1984, the ship was travelling from the north of the Maldives to Male, when the vessel started leaking, the crew tried to reach Felivaru for the necessary repairs, but just meters from their destination the ship sank into the watery depths.

Luckily, in the case of both ships the crew on board managed to swim to land before the ship sank and were unharmed. The wrecks are now excellent dive sites with an abundance of marine life.

Passionated, professional photographer since 1992 with worldwide publications in magazines, newspapers, calendars, prospects, advertising, internet and on products.
I am located in Nuremberg, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, and my heart beats for marine wildlife.

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Comments

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 1 year ago

    How spectacular, this reef-in-the-making! Very glad you were able to get this shot ~ satisfying for you, gorgeous for the rest of us, too!

  • Thank you. I’m glad that you like it.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Thomas Young
    Thomas Youngabout 1 year ago

    Love the colors and subject Norbert.

  • Thank you Thomas.

    – Norbert Probst

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    Wonderful clear capture, love the colours

  • Thank you very much.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyabout 1 year ago

    There’s a message in that shot for you, Norbert. Don’t stand in the one place too long underwater or you’ll become encrusted! People will call you a scubawreck.

  • By the time I will get rusty anway Gary. Thank you very much for your comment.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 1 year ago

    Totally amazing capture Norbert!

  • Thank you very much Sandra.

    – Norbert Probst

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 1 year ago


    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • buddybetsy
    buddybetsyabout 1 year ago

    Stunning work great capture yes I’m jealous ….

  • Thank you very much for your friendly comment, Betsy.

    – Norbert Probst

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your WONDERFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Cover Shots!!”

  • Thank you very much Lori. Regards from Wakatobi, South Sulawesi, Indonesia!

    – Norbert Probst

  • Evita
    Evita8 months ago

    Beautiful work!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    The Tropical Zone ~ FEATURE GALLERY ~ September 10th, 2014

  • Great Evita. Thank you very much for the feature, Evita.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boily8 months ago

    That’s a beautiful image

  • Thank you very much Manon!

    – Norbert Probst

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