Submarine Sunk by Sea Monster

  | James Innes

Engineers laying deep sea power cables off the coast of Dumfries in Southern Scotland have discovered the wreck of a German submarine that sank almost 100 years ago. Although yet to be confirmed, it could be a vessel that has been at the centre of one of the strangest naval mysteries in history.

Experts believe that the submarine could be UB-85, a German submarine which was sunk by the British patrol boat HMS Coreopsis on 30 April 1918, after it was found floating on the surface of the sea, with its crew preparing to abandon ship, after being attacked by a giant sea monster.

The German captain, Gunter Krech, told his British captors that the monster so damaged the vessel that it was unable to dive beneath the surface. Krech is said to have spoken of a beast with large eyes, set in a horny sort of skull, with teeth glistening in the moonlight”.

Whilst some might think it appropriate that Scotland, which has kept the world entertained with the legend of the Loch Ness monster for hundreds of years, would also lay claim to the odd sea monster or two, there may be a more rational explanation for the story, unfortunately for fans of science fiction.

Dr. Innes McCartney, the historian and nautical archaeologist who helped identify the wreck said that tales of sea monsters and haunted U-boats came about due to the secrecy surrounding submarine warfare at the time, which made the period “ripe for conspiracy”, and that stories were often the result of journalists and ex-Navy men talking late at night after “having a nice time.”

He added: “I don’t think it was a sea monster. While I like the idea of Nessie doing her bit for the war effort, in reality the sea monster was the U-boat.”


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