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Postby TVA » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:08 pm

Great photograph of HMS MARY ROSE:

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Postby TVA » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:22 am

Intact German U-boat from First World War found in 80-100 feet of water off Belgium.

http://www.wbir.com/news/nation-world/german-wwi-u-boat-found-with-23-bodies-inside/477369938?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=59c339433ed3f00007f0ca7c&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

"It's quite amazing that we found something like this," Decaluwe said. "The impact damage was at the front, but the submarine remains closed and there are 23 people still onboard." The UB II-type dive boat that was found is 88 feet long and almost 20 feet wide, and is lying at about a 45 degree angle between 82-98 feet below the surface.

From the damage to the front of the vessel, it appears that the sub may have struck a mine with its upper deck. Two torpedo tubes have been destroyed but the lower tube is intact and closed.

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Decaluwe said the U-boat was found by researchers. He declined to provide details about its location until the site has been protected. He has contacted the German ambassador because "we need to see what can do" with the remains.

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Postby TVA » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:25 am

Recent story on the GLOMAR EXPLORER and sub HALIBUT from PBS:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/09/18/549535352/how-the-cia-found-a-soviet-sub-without-the-soviets-knowing

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Hughes, an eccentric, reclusive billionaire, agreed to be the CIA's cover story. He played along with the plan concocted by the agency, announcing that he would build a huge ship to mine valuable manganese nodules from the seafloor.

Sounds plausible.

In reality, this one-of-a-kind ship had a submersible vehicle with a huge claw to pluck the Soviet sub from its watery grave.

"By choosing someone who was so well known, it was a great cover story, because no one could believe it was a cover story," Polmar said.
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Re: Museum News 2

Postby TVA » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:52 pm

Wrecks of naval vessels are being looted for scrap metal - especially in Asia, but also Jutland.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2017/nov/03/worlds-biggest-grave-robbery-asias-disappearing-ww2-shipwrecks

Dozens of warships believed to contain the remains of thousands of British, American, Australian, Dutch and Japanese servicemen from the second world war have been illegally ripped apart by salvage divers, the Guardian can reveal.

An analysis of ships discovered by wreck divers and naval historians has found that up to 40 second world war-era vessels have already been partially or completely destroyed. Their hulls might have contained the corpses of 4,500 crew.

Governments fear other unmarked graves are at risk of being desecrated. Hundreds more ships – mostly Japanese vessels that could contain the war graves of tens of thousands of crew killed during the war – remain on the seabed.

The rusted 70-year-old wrecks are usually sold as scrap but the ships also contain valuable metals such as copper cables and phosphor bronze propellors.

Experts said grave diggers might be looking for even more precious treasures – steel plating made before the nuclear testing era, which filled the atmosphere with radiation. These submerged ships are one of the last sources of “low background steel”, virtually radiation-free and vital for some scientific and medical equipment.
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