WWI German submarine wreck found off Belgium

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2017

Carl Decaluwe, the governor of Western Flanders, said the find on the floor of the North Sea is "unique".

"It's quite incredible that we found something like this", Western Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwe told the Associated Press, calling the find "very unique".

The U-boat, 88 feet long by 20 feet wide, has been found in an undisclosed location off the Belgian coast near West Flanders, some 100 feet beneath the surface of the North Sea, report Deutsche Welle and Yahoo News. The submarine hatches are closed, which indicates that the vessel has never been discovered before and that the crew of 22 sailors and one commander remain onboard. Two torpedo tubes were destroyed.

From the damage to the front of the vessel, it appears that the sub may have struck a mine with its upper deck.

Decaluwe, who said the U-boat was found by researchers, declined to provide details about its location until the site has been protected.

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During second world war, German navy used port of Zeebrugge (Zeebrugge, in flemish) as a basis for parking for its " U-boots ".

German authorities could then check it against their record and contact the families of the deceased. U-boats were part of Germany's naval campaign in the North Sea during World War 1 to target the allied powers.

It was not yet clear which of the 11 known U-Boats had been found.

Of the 11th such wreckage found in the Belgian waters, this vessel is said to be the best preserved, the BBC reported.

Experts believe it to be the UB-85, a submarine which was sunk by HMS Coreopsis in 1918.

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