The Crew Of This WW1 Sub Claimed They Were Attacked By A Sea Monster – Now The Wreck Has Been Found
While laying an undersea power line, Scottish engineers discovered a World War I German submarine on the sea floor. Experts believe that the wreck is UB-85, a German U-boat which the rescued crew claimed was attacked and sunk by a sea monster.
It’s a story that has been repeated through the years, but one historian isn’t buying it. He believes the story owes more to stories told and retold in the 20s than to the facts of the war. Innes McCartney, a historian and marine archaeologist at Bournemouth University, believes credulous journalists are to blame for spreading the story.
The story goes like this: Captain Günther Krech and his crew were captured by the crew of the British warship HMS Coreopsis on April 30, 1918. When questioned, the captain said that their submarine was no longer able to dive because a beast jumped out of the water and damaged their vessel. He described a monster with horns, small eyes that were set deep in his head, and masses of monstrous teeth. When the creature climbed up the side of the ship, its weight pulled the boat onto its side. The crew was forced to surrender to the British. They abandoned ship and scuttled the boat.
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