Wreck of World Warfare I German U-boat that sunk a CENTURY in the past is discovered by diver off Virginia’s coast

By Christopher Carbone U.S. Science And Know-how Editor For Dailymail.Com

The wreck of a long-lost World Warfare I German U-boat that sank a century in the past was found by a sleuthing diver off the coast of Virginia. 

The SM U-111, which was a 235-foot ship that sank three Allied service provider ships within the Atlantic Ocean throughout its time with the German Imperial Navy, sank on August 31, 1922 in waters that U.S. Navy mentioned had been 1,600 toes deep.

Over Labor Day, diver Erik Petkovic was on board the R/V Explorer about 40 miles off Virginia’s coast peering right into a video monitor linked to a remotely operated car looking out 400 toes beneath when he yelled out: ‘That’s it! There it’s!’

ABOVE: An open hatch on the conning tower of U-111 reveals an inside ladder

ABOVE: A deck gun mount on U-111 with the utility claw of the remote operated vehicle in the foreground

ABOVE: A deck gun mount on U-111 with the utility claw of the distant operated car within the foreground

ABOVE: The first footage of the U-111 from June 2022 shows a portion of it covered in fishing nets. The wreck is accessible by underwater robots and a small number of technical divers.

ABOVE: The primary footage of the U-111 from June 2022 reveals a portion of it coated in fishing nets. The wreck is accessible by underwater robots and a small variety of technical divers. 

The shipwreck fanatic began diving as an adolescent and have become impressed by Robert Ballard’s discovery of Titanic in 1985, based on a report in Nationwide Geographic, earlier than changing into an completed technical diver and authoring books on shipwreck exploration. 

After the conflict ended, any sea-worthy boats that had been captured had been despatched to England. Most had been used for scrap however just a few had been saved for Allied forces to select over in order that they might find out about Germany’s diesel engine expertise.

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An American crew introduced it throughout the Atlantic Ocean in a harmful voyage that required navigating icy waters the place the R.M.S. Titanic had sunk seven years earlier than, the publication stories.

‘It’s a kind of outstanding misplaced takes of survival,’ Petkovic informed Nationwide Geographic.  

Maryland-native Petkovic is considered one of small variety of ‘technical divers’ who discover depths which are far deeper than the usual 120-foot restrict that leisure divers observe.  

In June 1921, whereas being towed from Portsmouth, New Hampshire for use as a goal for aerial bombing, the U-111 began to tackle water.

The ship sank in 35 toes of water about three miles off the coast of Cape Henry, Virginia. Nevertheless, that was so shallow that the boat’s stern was protruding from the water’s floor. 

The U.S. Navy introduced the boat in to pump out the water and refloated it yet another time earlier than its remaining journey out to sea.

On August 31, 1922 the U-111 was sunk when the boat’s hatches had been opened and the usFalcon set off a depth cost subsequent to it. 

All members of the R/V Explorer crew are volunteers who select to spend their money and time to discover their ardour for shipwreck diving.  

ABOVE: The deck of the U-boat with the conning tower rising in the background

ABOVE: The deck of the U-boat with the conning tower rising within the background

ABOVE: The custom-built R/V Explorer sits anchored over the site of U-111 on Labor Day 2022. All of the team members are volunteers who have a passion for wreck diving.

ABOVE: The custom-built R/V Explorer sits anchored over the positioning of U-111 on Labor Day 2022. The entire crew members are volunteers who’ve a ardour for wreck diving.