German WWI U-boat now visible from shore in France


The metal body of a UC 61 can be noticed about 100 meters (extra than 300 toes) from the sand dunes of Wissant, France just down the coast of Calais in the North Sea, in accordance to the news agency Agence France-Presse. The submarine ran aground on July 26, 1917.

The metal frame of the German U-boat UC 61 is visible during low tide in Wissant, France.

Vincent Schmitt, a tour information in the location, advised AFP that “it is noticeable at very low tide typically…mainly because of the erosion we are experiencing.”

The UC 61 obtained caught in the sand throughout large fog and was ruined by its crew, so it could not be captured by the Allies, uboat.net reviews citing German military archives. However the vessel is classified as a coastal mine-laying sub, it did have deck guns and carried torpedoes.

UC 61 is credited with sinking or harming far more than a dozen ships involving November 1916 and July 1917, archives show. On July 26, the submarine seemingly arrived to close to shore.

“We experienced large tide nets that ended up stretched involving England and France to capture submarines and it strayed a minimal also shut to the seashores.” Schmitt reported.

Soon after destroying the sub, its crew of 26 surrendered. The commander of the U 61, Capt. Georg Gerth, was a prisoner of war until eventually March 1920 in accordance to uboat.internet.



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