Marine Archaeologist to Recover Bell from Father’s WWII Shipwreck

CLEVELAND, OHIO – 3 May, 2017 – A marine archaeologist from Ohio is scheduled to retrieve the bell from his father’s WWII warship which sank off Malta in 1942. 

Chris Kraska’s father, John, was a sailor aboard the Polish destroyer Kujawiak when it was sunk by an enemy mine on the approach to Malta in June of 1942.  

The ship wasn’t seen by human eyes again until over 70 years later when a team from the Shipwreck Expedition Association, of which Kraska is a member, found her in over 300 feet of water after an intensive search.

Kraska, who lives outside Cleveland, also runs northeast Ohio’s Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST).  He will join an international team of divers and orher marine archaeologists, beginning on May 11th, in retrieving the ship’s bell.  It will be placed on exhibit in the National Museum of Archaeology on Malta.

The wreck lies at a perilous depth of over 300 feet and is reachable only by using the most sophisticated of technical diving equipment.   Kraska will serve as dive safety officer and support diver.

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Media Contact
Company Name: Shipwreck Expeditions Association
Contact Person: Christopher Kraska
Phone: 216-789-2670
Country: United States