A German U-boat has been discovered off the Scottish coast, 98 years after it sank in mysterious circumstances.
Discovered by engineers laying subsea power cables in the Irish Sea, close to the port of Stranraer, the vessel remains largely intact. Experts believe the wreck may be that of UB-85, a submarine official records state as being sunk by HMS Coreopsis in 1918.
At the time of her sinking the captain of UB-85, Kapitänleutnant Günther Krech, reported that the diesel submarine had surfaced at night to recharge its batteries only to be attacked by a large sea creature.
He claimed that his crew had fired on the beast after it had damaged their vessel and left them unable to submerge. With hatches stuck open the U-boat had started to flood while trying to evade the British warship the following morning.
Just sixth month after entering service and on only her second patrol UB-85's entire crew of 34 all safely abandoned ship and were taken as prisoners of war.
UB-85 is an example of a German Type UB III submarine. Of the 200 boats ordered just 89 were commissioned into the German Navy. Armed with 10 torpedoes, a deck gun and a range of between 7,000 and 9,000 nautical miles they sank 507 Allied ships, 12 of them warships.
Thirty-three boats were lost in action while a further four sank due to accidents. Following Germany's surrender in 1918 the submarines were handed over to Allied forces and continued to be used until 1935.
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