According to Associated Press, an intact German World War I submarine containing the bodies of 23 people was just discovered off the coast of Belgium. This discovery, found on the floor of the North Sea, is very unique.
“It’s quite amazing that we found something like this,” said Western Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwe to AP. “The impact damage was at the front, but the submarine remains closed and there are 23 people still onboard.”
"The submarine is in such good condition that we reckon all the bodies are still on board," he said.
The UB II-type boat is reportedly 88 feet long and 20 feet wide, covered with barnacles, seaweed, and fishing gear. Although it is intact, the boat is still damaged and appears to have been struck by a mine. Two torpedo tubes have been destroyed, although the lower tube is intact and closed.
According to AP, around 18 U-boats were stationed with the Flanders Flotilla in Bruges between the years 1915 and 1918, but 13 of them were destroyed. This is the 11th such wreck to be discovered in these waters. However, according to one source, this recent discovery is the best preserved of them all.
The location of the wreck has been known for a while but was kept under wraps to prevent people from going near it. Researchers worried that if the location became known then the submarine would be looted or damaged.
UB-II submarines were built in 1915 and 1916 and were able to dive to a depth of around 50m, according to BBC.
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