COORDINATES: 26874.0, 42420.5

A large unidentified wreck, possibly a freighter, in approximately 160 feet of water.  This wreck is thought to be the Solvang, which sank in January 1926 due to a collision with the tanker S.S. Vacuum. 

Launched on July 29, 1920, John T. Eltringham and Company of Willington Quay delivered the 290-foot long Solvang to R/A Vestlandske Lloyd (Broedrene Olsen).  On May 26, 1921, she was taken over by D/S A/S Solvang (Haugesund).  In December 1921, she was sold to D/S A/S John Knudsen (Haugesund).  On January 25, 1926, during a voyage from Cienfuegos to New York with a cargo of sugar, she collided with the tanker Vacuum.

By the way, "Solvang" is the name of an noted residence in Stavanger (SOL = sun; VANG = hill).  At the time, Broedrene Olsen used to name their vessels after local places in Stavanger.

Noted wreck diver Mike Boring describes the origins of the site and its bestowed name, the "Terror Wreck"...

I first learned of the "Terror Wreck" in 1978 from Captain Bill Tattersal, who ran a charter boat out of Indian River Inlet, Delaware.  He told me he had taken a charter (Capital Divers Association I believe) to an offshore wreck.  He had never been there before and was not certain of the depth.  In those days anything deeper than 130 feet was considered "deep."  When they arrived at the wreck and realized how deep it was only a few of the divers decided they were up for the challenge.  When they returned to the surface their reports varied considerably, everything from a broken up wooden wreck, upside down barge, to an upright intact steamer.  There was only one thing in common; they were all terrified!  Hence the name - the "Terror Wreck."

I dream about exploring new wrecks and was fascinated by the "Terror Wreck".  I wondered what story it had to tell.  The wreck had all the ingredients of a great adventure - it was far offshore, it was deep, and it's identity remained a mystery.  At the time I was organizing a lot of dive trips to explore new and less frequented wrecks so I chartered Bill Tattersal in July of 1979 for a return visit to the "Terror Wreck."  I recruited some good diving friends including Jon Hulburt, Gary Gentile, Danny and Joy Bresette, Art Kirchner, Trueman Seamans and several others for the trip.  All were very avid divers and anxious to dive the wreck. The first trip was most memorable.  In all, a helm stand, a telegraph (in very poor condition), and several portholes were recovered.  We all agreed it was a steel steamer, broken up amidships with the stern fairly intact. There was some excitement on the bottom and only a small amount of terror, but that's a whole other story.

Over the next several years we dived the wreck every 4th of the July weekend.  Miscellaneous artifacts were recovered each trip. Jon Hulburt found a binnacle or polaris but it broke off the lift bag and sank back to the bottom.  Steve Gatto and Tom Packer had a similar mishap. On one trip I recovered three beer bottles with 1/3 liter 1919 printed on them. I also recovered a clay pot.  Unfortunately, we failed to identify the wreck. We always referred to it as the "Terror Wreck."  The "Terror Wreck" was a warm up dive for me before diving the Andrea Doria for the first time in 1981.

A gauge (below) recovered in 1999 indicates that the wreck is Swedish in origin.  This wreck definitely deserves more attention.