Undersea power line construction reveals an U-boat at Scottish shore

Sonar images taken as a part of a construction of an underwater power line revealed the location of a World War I German U-boat, sunk in 1918. The discovery was made off the coast of Stranraer, South-west Scotland.

Sonar image of the U-boat (by Sky News)
Sonar image of the U-boat (by Sky News)

The experts believe that the wreckage belongs to a UB-85 sunk by HMS Coreopsis in 1918. Naval records state that the  crew of the U-boat abandoned ship and were picked up by the British Navy’s ship. The boat looks largely intact. It is a UBIII-Class submarine, of which two were lost in the area – the more famous UB-85 and its sister boat UB-82.

Scan of the seabed showing the U-boat on the seabed (by The Guardian)
Scan of the seabed showing the U-boat on the seabed (by The Guardian)

The wreck was found 104 below. It lies roughly halfway between the recorded sites of two sunk submarines – the said UB-85 and its sister vessel, UB-82. During World War I at least 12 British and German submarines had been sunk in the Irish Sea.

HMS Coreopsis in 1917, which picked up the survivors (by The Guardian)
HMS Coreopsis in 1917, which picked up the survivors (by The Guardian)

(after Sky News & The Guardian)

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