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The wreck of the submarine HMS G8 has been found

The wreck of the British submarine HMS G8 has been found after more than 100 years. The vessel, which took part in hostilities during World War I, was declared missing on 14 January 1918. Together with the ship, 31 crew members were lost without trace. The discovery of the wreck of the vessel was announced
Published: August 5, 2019 - 19:01
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:29
The wreck of the submarine HMS G8 has been found

The wreck of the British submarine HMS G8 has been found after more than 100 years. The vessel, which took part in hostilities during World War I, was declared missing on 14 January 1918. Together with the ship, 31 crew members were lost without trace. The discovery of the wreck of the vessel was announced by employees of the Sea War Museum Jutland.

A search by a scientific team from the Sea War Museum Jutland in Thyborøn has been a remarkable success. During work carried out in the waters of the Skagerrak, near the town of Hirtshals in north-west Denmark, the lost wreck of the British submarine HMS G8 was found after 101 years.

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The wreck was located at a depth of over 100 metres. An examination using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) indicated that a technical fault was the most likely cause of the sinking. The found vessel is heavily corroded, but there is no visible damage that could have been caused by a mine or other explosive device.

“The wreck is heavily corroded and covered in sediment, so it is difficult to see all the details, but I have no doubt that this is HMS G8,” – Gert Normann Andersen said

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The find was made using high-precision multibeam sonar, which produces a detailed three-dimensional image of objects on the seabed. The data obtained in this way showed that the submarine wreck found was the same length and width as the G8. A final identification was then made, using a camera mounted on an underwater robot.

“We don’t see any signs of blast damage on the G8, but the submarine could have suffered damage from, for example, an explosion that occurred nearby, after which the crew could have desperately tried to surface,” explains Gert Normann Andersen of the Sea War Museum Jutland

Detailed examination of the wreck and its position on the bottom gave the scientists studying it interesting material for analysis. On its basis a probable hypothesis as to the cause of the sinking has been put forward. Museum workers believe that the ship’s position indicates an unsuccessful attempt to set sail under some kind of accident.

To date, staff at the Sea War Museum Jutland in Thyborøn have already recovered 31 wrecks sunk during the two world wars. In March 2019, courtesy of the Danes, it was possible to joint expedition With the Santi team to find the Eagle. It is worth mentioning that the Poles are currently leading the VIIIth instalment of the search the legendary Polish ship.

Source: Sea War Museum Jutland
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