Off the coast of Stranraer in the South-Western part of Scotland discovered the remains of a German submarine during the First world war, which sank almost a hundred years ago, informs television channel Sky News. Experts suggest that this submarine UB-85, flushed in 1918, the British Corvette HMS Coreopsis or, if you believe the tales of sailors, “sea monster”.
The find was made by the engineers while laying power cables. Historian and archaeologist Innes McCartney believes she can solve the mystery of the last hours of the UB-85. In the Irish sea sunk at least 12 British and German submarines.
“The features of this sunken ship, which is preserved very well certify that this is a submarine class UBIII. In the area sank two submarines – the more well-known UB-85 and her sister UB -82″, – said the expert. According to him, the submarine is almost impossible to distinguish by sight. “While the diver will not find sign of the shipyard, we can’t say definitively what this ship,” – said the historian. However, it leans in favor of the version that is the famous UB-85, and hopes that the discovery will help to reconstruct her death.
The basic version – the death of a British warship ASW. In the book British naval historians Richard Gibson and Maurice Prendergast “the German submarine war 1914-1918″ it is described: “Approximately at dawn on the 30th (of April) the drifter “Coreopsis II” (Coreopsis II) notice UB-85 (Creh) heading East in the direction of the North channel. This submarine came out from Helgoland 16th, rounded Scotland and for about a week acted in the area. With the passage by the drifter on the nose she was welcomed by three shells; as a result of the fire excitement, it seemed, was not very effective and UB-85 continued to go forward, in pursuit of a drifter. Suddenly UB-85 fired a rocket Grab, while Krech and his team waved. When came the other drifters, the command was withdrawn, and the boat sank. The Germans told who took them captive, that within two days the patrols forced them to stay under water.”
This version is not the only one. Maritime folklore, probably also from the words of the survivors of the team links the death of the submarine with a sea monster. According to Innes McCartney, such rumors were spread due to the fact that during the first submarine war a lot was kept secret, and ex-seafarers going nights together journalists and hounded them stories.
“I don’t think it’s a sea monster, I like the idea of Nessie participating in the war, but actually a real sea monster was a submarine,” added McCartney.