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The wreck of the German submarine UB-32 has been identified in the North Sea

Researchers have identified the wreck of the German submarine UB32, which rests on the bottom of the North Sea off the coast of Belgium. The vessel dates back to the First World War, and its wreck was found by divers in the 1980s. However, until now it was not known which ship we were dealing
Published: December 4, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:41
The wreck of the German submarine UB-32 has been identified in the North Sea

Researchers have identified the wreck of the German submarine UB32, which rests on the bottom of the North Sea off the coast of Belgium.

The vessel dates back to the First World War, and its wreck was found by divers in the 1980s. However, until now it was not known which ship we were dealing with. However, until now it was not clear which ship we were dealing with. The latest findings by the researchers made it possible to unequivocally identify the wreck as the UB-32.

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Although the wreck had been known about for a long time, its story still needed to be completed. Researchers from the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) worked assiduously to write the final chapter. The breakthrough came last week when the name of the ship was established thanks to an inscription on one of the propellers.

Though german submarine UB-32 remained in service only from 10 April 1916 to 22 September 1917, her crew was not idle. During those 17 months, the Kaiserlischemarine’s Uboot recorded as many as 22 sunken ships and 4 more that it damaged.

torpedoed British ship UB-32 met its destiny on 22 September 1916, when the ship was bombed and sunk by British aircraft.

The wreck is located on the edge of Belgian territorial waters, 35 Mm north-west of Ostend and 2 Mm from UK territorial waters. After being sunk, UB-32 settled at a depth of 41 metres. In contrast, the German vessel’s kiosk is now accessible at a depth of 35 metres.

Unfortunately, the remains of the ship are in a very bad condition. The bow was completely destroyed, while the hull was broken into two parts. The stern is in the best condition and is practically intact. Not surprisingly, it was here that the researchers discovered the key information for the identification of the vessel.

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