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The 10th SANTI Find the Eagle expedition sets sail to find the wreck of a legendary WW2 submarine

Published: July 28, 2023 - 10:10
Updated: July 28, 2023 - 10:10
The 10th SANTI Find the Eagle expedition sets sail to find the wreck of a legendary WW2 submarine
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After a 3-year break, the 10th Find the Eagle expedition sets out to sea with the aim of finding the wreck of the ORP Orzeł submarine.

For the tenth time, the SANTI Find the Eagle expedition will set out to sea. The objective remains the same – to find the shipwreck of the legendary Polish submarine ORP Orzeł and the final resting place of its crew. Hopefully, the jubilee expedition will end with an exceptional result and the next expeditions will focus on investigating and documenting the wreck.

SANTI Find the Eagle
ORP Orzeł is the most famous Polish submarine

In addition to leading the search for our legendary ‘Eagle’, most of us are involved in diving on a daily basis. The North Sea holds many secrets and there are plenty of wrecks on its bottom. Some of them are still unidentified ships. On one of our previous expeditions, we found the ship HMS Narhwal. Maybe this time we will be able to dive on ORP ‘Orzeł’ and confirm the cause of its loss? – said Tomasz Stachura, expedition leader.

During the 9th expedition, the participants found and identified the wreck of a missing British WWI submarine. HMS L10 sank on 3 October 1918 and had been waiting at the bottom of the North Sea for more than 100 years to be discovered. It is also the final resting place of 38 sailors, for whose loved ones the news of the find was certainly a great emotional moment. Similar was the case with the wreck of the submarine HMS Narwahl, which the Santi Find the Eagle team discovered in Autumn 2017.

Routes of the SANTI Finding the Eagle expedition 2014-2019
Routes of the SANTI Finding the Eagle expedition 2014-2019

Unexpected break

The organisers of the SANTI Find the Eagle expedition were systematically carrying out their activities, going to sea every now and then. However, everything changed with worldwide restrictions that paralysed for several years many projects, including this one. Fortunately, now the expedition participants are full of energy and properly motivated to return to sea.

SANTI Find the Eagle

This is a long-term project whose aim is to lead to the discovery of the resting place of the wreck of the most famous submarine of the Republic of Poland, ORP Orzeł, together with its 63 crew, and to unravel the mystery of the reasons for its sinking.

The aim of the project is also to refresh the memory of the deeds of the ship’s heroic crew, as well as to properly highlight the role of the Polish Navy during World War II in maintaining our statehood. It is also important to cultivate the memory of ordinary sailors – members of the ship’s crew. Rising above the frailties and fears accompanying every human being, they performed unprecedented deeds in the service of the Fatherland.

ORP Orzeł sub
Many interesting wrecks have been found during previous expeditions

Since its launch, the SANTI Find the Eagle project has been financed by funds raised from sponsors and the support of private individuals.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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