Sophie Rickmers Wreck

Pulau Weh, Sumatra

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Dive Sophie Rickmers Wreck

Deep Wreck

The Sophie Rickmers is a 134 m long impressive wreck. During World War II, the Sophie Rickmers was requisitioned by the Dutch. On May 10, 1940 the crew sunk the ship.


The wreck now lies in 55 of water. This is a deep dive for advanced divers. The wheelhouse is 37 m deep, the decks around 45 m deep. The wreck has some giant groupers and morays, as well as black-spot angelfish.

  • The boat in 1930's

    The boat in 1930's

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Reviews (5)

May 24th, 2018 - 7:24:
Dived the Sophie R on 8th Nov 2016 , dive started 9.53 am and ended 11.08 am. Descended on buoy line spending 15 mins exploring wreck , with max depth 51 metres , before a group photo followed by very slow ascent up buoy line to 50 minute deco stop at 5 metres. Viz around wreck was about 15 metres and no current. Spare tanks brought down by DMs and a spare tank with 4 regs available hanging from boat at 5 metres on the deco stop. Spectacular dive without problems (10 of us plus 4 DMs) although my Zoop computer went into error on the descent at 40 metres.
March 6th, 2017 - 7:36:
I was a diving team decompression specialist engaged in the salvage of Sophie Rickmer's cargo. This was back in the 60s. I wish to remain anonymous but would answer questions if this message gets posted.
September 5th, 2016 - 5:00:
Very good dive site for wreck. Went all the way to 59m and can still see the ship still intact apart from the crack at mid body. Did not see the giant garoupa but look fwd to search for it next time. Recommended when you go to Weh.
November 17th, 2014 - 3:51:
There's a plan to salvage Sophie for scraps.. :( Please sign petition against it: https://www.change.org/p/bu-susipudjiastuti-jangan-angkat-sophie-selamatkan-perairan-sabang-sejarah-indonesia-kemenkp-savesophie?utm_campaign
March 8th, 2013 - 22:44:
The ship is very intact, really beautiful, covered in corals The dive is deep, difficult, with nitrogen narcosis, decompression, for experienced divers with good air consumption only, in 15 minutes you'll be on 100 bar. Bring two tanks. You will spend more than one hour in the blue, doing your deco stop.

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