History spews up itself at odd places and at odd times. A group of divers got to experience history’s erratic timing while swimming in the North Sea off the coast of Belgium. The group of researchers discovered a World War I submarine possibly with 23 of its sailors dead inside. The submarine belonging to Germany was found 98 feet below the surface.
The submarine discovered is a U-boat of UB II type which experts speculate is a 88 feet long submarine that may have suffered a landmine casualty as the vessel had suffered some damage to its front in the upper deck with two torpedo tubes destroyed. The third one however was intact. Despite the nemesis, the submarine sunk with its inner chamber intact with all 23 of its residents present onboard. The intact condition of the submarine has amused many.
During World War I, the Germans used the English Channel to disrupt English trade with many submarines deployed in the North Sea. The North Sea was a vantage point for the German military. About 18 German U-boats were patrolling the North Sea during World War I while being stationed in Burges between 1915 and 1918. Of the 18, 15 were destroyed and it is yet to be ascertained which of the five submarines this is.“It’s quite amazing that we found something like this,” said Western Flanders Gov. Carl Decaluew. The Belgian government however, is not revealing the exact location of the submarine fearing it would get converted to a tourist destination. This submarine is the 11th World War remain to be fished out of Belgian waters.