All posts by Holger Buss

Scanning in Italy

My wife and I were invited by Roberta and Francesco from Megalehellas. We met at the BOOT in Düsseldorf and we went to Calabria (Italy) to scan two wrecks and the famous Scilla rock. The wrecks are from World War 2: the Steamer Pasubio and a wreck that is not identified, yet. Looks like it was transporting gas or gasoline.

You can find the collection here: Italy

The Wrecks and the Rock

Museum Croatia

My big model of the BARON GAUTSCH found its perfect place: in the GALLERION exhibition in the Aquarium Pula / Croatia. They have an extensive exhibition of ship models from the First World War and before. The BARON GAUTSCH hit a mine off Pula in 1914 and is now a famous diving spot with 8,000 divers per year.
Here a report from Istra24

I gave a presentation there about the BARON GAUTSCH and photogrammetry

Dive award nomination

Yay, I’m nominated for the BOOT – dive award !
… please vote for me –> very easily and quickly –> without registering: link

Category: Innovation 👉Dive3D👈

Quote: “[…] While underwater photos are widely used today, the ability to create your own 3D model of a wreck sets new standards. This work not only serves as an attractive display, but also as an inspiration for divers who want their Want to combine exploration with a deeper purpose: “Dive with a purpose”.

Scanning in Greece

Four weeks wreck scanning in Greece – what a fantastic trip! We managed it to scan 16 various wrecks. Some well known and some mysterious. It will take a while to process all the 3D-Models and I will post them here: Greece

Kostafastgarnix – team

We were a great team and we had really a lot of fun doing what we all love the most: Wreckdiving.

Alexey Konovalov

You may know him by his pseudonym: DerWrackzeichner (the wreck artist). You can find his pencil drawings in WETNOTES, on his Website and on Facebook.

Tim Ollmann

Tim was the captain and UW-Photographer of our tour. He speaks Greek and he was even asking fishermen on the sea for wreck positions. He did the main part of planning the tour and diving spots. You can find him here on Facebook.

Andreas Küver

As a doctor of chemistry, he is always looking for water samples from the wreck. He’s just as much of a wreck freak as we are. You can find him here on Facebook

Holger Buss (me)

I am a wreck fan and I love it to collect as many data from the wreck site as I can. I know I can’t digitize them all, but at least I will try… You are already on my Website and you can find me on Facebook or my articles in WETNOTES.

The Boat

Also an important member of our team: Tim’s RIB. Tim and Andreas strapped the boat behind the Crafter and drove the 2700km from Bremen to Greece. She needed some love and care during the trip, but she brought us to all the great diving spots.

Thank You

We want to say THANK YOU to:
– Stefanos Tzoganis from for filling the many tanks and for opening the shop either very early or quite late
– Nikos Vardakas from for filling Trimix and Oxygen and bringing us to the PSS Patris. Thanks for for being so patient with us, even when we killed your nerves during filling 🙂
– George Monastiroglou from for bringing us to the Eurobulker and the German warship.

Dive Sticker made a new Red Sea logbook sticker set with 288 stickers. And I am very happy, that my wreck models found their way into the collection! This set includes stickers with: fish, coral, plant, wrecks – all images were taken in the Red Sea.

You can preorder your set here and they will be shipped from September 20, 2023.

Wrecks: SS Dunraven, SS Thistlegorm, SS Kingston/Sarah H, MV Kimon M, MV Chrisoula K (Marcus), SS Carnatic, MV Giannis D, MV Salem Express

Making of

Rossarol Wreck

We scanned the wreck of the light cruiser Cesare Rossarol (1914-1918) of the Italian Navy. The conditions were rough – bad visibility, waves and current. But I was able to capture both parts of the wreck in two dives. They lie in 50m water depth in Croatia and are 300m apart.

Continue here: Cesare Rossarol

Scanning in Croatia

We spontaneously set out to scan the TITANC of the Adriatic: The BARON GAUTSCH. She was the first casualty of World War I. Today she rests in 40m water depth and is a famous diving spot.

We had a great support by the Shark Diving Center Medulin and Rovinj Sub.

Continue here: BARON GAUTSCH

Museum Rostock

Opening of the new permanent exhibition in the Rostock Maritime Museum (Schifffahrtsmuseum Rostock) . My model of the wreck of the steamer ELSA found its way there.
My team Gezeitentaucher and I identified and modeled the wreck in the North Sea.

MS Aenne Ursula

It was time again for the GEZEITENTAUCHER to inspect the coastal freighter Änne Ursula. With a crew of four divers (Ulli, Dirk H, Wilhelm and Holger) and skipper Sabine we had fantastic conditions. We managed to scan the wreck with cameras to create a 3D model.
On December 4, 1967, the motor ship “Änne Ursula” was on its way from Ghent to Uddevalla with a load of sheet steel. The crew of five died in the stormy sea. The ship was built in 1950 in the Stade shipyard with hull number 144.

Survey report

I went into archive in Hamburg to find out what happend to the ship and the crew.

Here the Survey Report: German

Mohamed Hasabella

The fishing vessel “FV Mohamed Hasabella” or “MOHAMMED HISABELLA” in 30m water depth. A traditional Egyptian
fishing trawler, which sank in January of 2007.

We dived and scanned both wrecks on July 19th 2022 during one dive.

Vorpostenboot 1101

My teams GEZEITENTAUCHER and GHOSTDIVING GERMANY worked together in a project week in May 2023. The divers from Ghostdiving were cleaning the wrack of V1101 from ghost nets. And I was able to make a full scan of the wreck for photogrammetry.

continue here: V1101

Cutting one ghost net on V1101

The picture shows her last minutes on surface. The photo was taken by the plane that sunk her on Aug 13th 1944


The project leader Derk gave the model to the main sponsor of this project week: NV Versicherung

Torpedoboot SMS S-32

Iron shipwreck 20km west of Fehmarn. It lies in 18m water depth.
On April 3, 2023, our team of three divers surveyed the wreck by scanning it with cameras for photogrammetry. In addition, the wreck area was measured using a tape measure.

You can find the complete survey report here: German

Both the position, its dimensions, as well as the basic structure and the steam boiler, which is unusual for German torpedo boats, leave no doubt that it is the torpedo boat SMS S32, which sank in 1910 after a collision. SMS S32, was a torpedo boat of the Imperial German Navy. She was built in 1886 by Schichau in Elbing as one of many small torpedo boats of a similar design for the German Navy. The S32 was the only one of its series to be fitted with two Yarrow boilers for testing.

S32 served from 1894 to 1899 as a training boat with the 1st Torpedo Division in Kiel. From June 5, 1910, S32 served as a tender for the light cruiser Danzig, which was subordinate to the Naval Artillery Inspectorate for the training of the fleet’s gunners. During the night of August 16/17, she was involved in a collision with the torpedo boat S76 in the Kiel outer fjord. Danzig came to the rescue with tenders and took on their crews. Both boats sank, although S76 was later salvaged and returned to service.

Art – Scanning sculptures

Scanning without getting wet? Sounds crazy, but is possible!
You can find my collection here: Art

BOOT 2023 Düsseldorf

We were on the BOOT show in Düsseldorf / Germany. Some of my models were shown and I held some presentations about wreck identification and photogrammetry.

Deepest mailbox of the world

19m (63ft) unter sea level – probably the deepest mailbox in the world. The diving center Kreidesee offers to send postcards, which can be sent from this mailbox. For this purpose, waterproof postcards can be purchased in the diving center. The mailbox is emptied weekly and the cards are stamped and sent.

Build your own ‘Rüttler’ model

Download the STL-Files for printing here: Ruettler – 19,95 EUR