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Old 04-13-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Mystery submarine found submerged in Lough Foyle, N. Ireland

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has said what appears to be a submarine or boat has been identified submerged in Lough Foyle.

Mr Attwood said he had viewed sonar images of the vessel.

"It is unusual that there appears to be no record of the circumstances behind this situation," he said.

"I have also asked that all agencies continue to work with DOE and the harbour commissioner to create certainty about the identity of and the reason why the submarine/boat is in the current location."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17692429
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A little curious research reveals that this might not be such a big mystery after all since the Royal Navy probably knows all about this sub.

The whole story of how the German U-Boats surrendered and were processed is on this site:

http://ahoy.tk-jk.net/macslog/TheU-B...rrendered.html

The Naval Base at Lough Foyle was a big part of the U-Boat cataloguing and processing. Some were sent to the US or Russia, some were sent up to Scotland for berthing, the unseaworthy ones were to be taken out to the open ocean and sunk.

However, the weather being what it is in that area changed the plans for open ocean sinking of some of them.

"Comparison of the planned disposal arrangements with what actually happened shows the scale of disruption wrought by the weather. Only two of the U-Boats were sunk by demolition charges, only seven by submarines and only 13 by aircraft. Of the remainder, almost 50% foundered under tow before they ever reached the designated scuttling area. These either sank directly or were sunk by gunfire, some of them in positions very close to the entrances to Loch Ryan and Lough Foyle. The remainder were sunk by gunfire, as it was far too dangerous to follow the pre-planned demolition procedure."
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Why a properly sealed sub would flounder under tow is a mystery to me .
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Why a properly sealed sub would flounder under tow is a mystery to me .
Captured subs generally have battle damage. They have been forced to the surface by depth charge attacks because if they did not come up, they were going down permanently with all hands. Once surfaced, the German crews would come out on the deck to surrender, and the U-boat's engineers and captain would go below and open the seacocks to try and sink the sub before it could be captured. British engineering crews would rush aboard to do what they could to stem the flooding on the damaged U-boats and pump out as much water as possible. The North Sea is rarely ever anything that could be described as 'calm', so when the damaged German subs were taken under tow, they were subject to a serious pounding by waves. The makeshift patches and pipe repairs failed often, with the subs flooding again and floundering.
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