This U-Boat’s Captain Said They Were Crushed By A Sea Monster. Now The Wreck Has Finally Been Found

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Image: U.S. Navy

As the Great War finally nears its endgame, a Royal Navy ship plucks survivors from a stricken German U-boat in the Irish Sea off the coast of Britain. Willingly, they surrender to their enemy, with the captain claiming that a giant and more sinister foe had attacked them from the depths. Then almost a century later, the wreck of the submarine is discovered on the seabed. But what happened to UB-85, and was a sea monster really responsible for it being dispatched to Davy Jones’ locker?

Image: Ernest Brooks

Towards the end of April 1918, World War I was beginning to swing in favor of the Allies. The Germans’ attacks on the Western Front had begun to peter out, depleted forces leading to a lack of momentum. However, there was at least one front on which the battle was still being fought.

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Image: UK Government

In the North Channel, a narrow strait in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Scotland to the west of the British Isles, German U-boats remorselessly stalked the waters. As merchant ships made their way to Britain, the stealth submarines lay in wait, and with a strike from their torpedoes, the underwater vessels could send vital supplies to the bottom of the sea.

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