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WWI submarine was 'attacked by monster'

October 19, 2016 | Comment icon 29 comments



Was UB-85 really attacked by a denizen of the deep ? Image Credit: Public Domain
A German submarine said to have been attacked by a sea monster has been found off the coast of Scotland.
Discovered near Wigtownshire in the south-west of the country, the wreck of the German WWI submarine was identified by workers who were laying a new power cable under the North Sea.

The vessel is thought to be SM UB-85 - a U-boat which, under the command of Captain Gunther Krech, was famously caught on the surface by a British patrol boat back in 1918.

To the surprise of the British forces the Germans surrendered almost immediately. When later questioned about this, Krech explained that his submarine had been on the surface of the water recharging its batteries when it was suddenly attacked by a "strange beast."

"It had a small head, but with teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight," he said.
According to Krech, the crew had managed to drive the creature away with small arms fire. The vessel itself however had sustained so much damage that it was no longer capable of submerging.

"That is why you were able to catch us on the surface," he told the British.

Exactly what happened afterwards has long remained something of a mystery, but if UB-85's wreckage really has been found then it may finally be possible to get some answers.

"It is entirely feasible that some large sea creature disabled the submarine," said Gary Campbell, keeper of the Official Sightings Register of the Loch Ness Monster.

"History has shown that there have been consistent reports of large 'monsters' not just in lakes and lochs like Loch Ness but out in open waters as well."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (29)



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Comment icon #20 Posted by Shouldthisexist 5 years ago
Comment icon #21 Posted by Podo 5 years ago
Heaterzilla.
Comment icon #22 Posted by comtess 5 years ago
Are people seriously this bad at reading? English is my third language and even I understood that the German crew scared the creature off using small arms fire, as in shooting at it with hand guns, not that the creature had small arms. Bloody hell.
Comment icon #23 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
Under questioning by British forces he went on to describe how the ship's gunners fired at the mysterious creature's arms Where are you getting small arms fire from? That's the only mention of arms, either weapons or limbs, in the entire story. In fact, it says the 'ship's' gunners, so that means the men who manned the deck gun, which is a large gun, fixed to the deck, hence the name. And is a tad too heavy to be used as a hand gun.†† Do you want to revise your opinion on other people's comprehension skills?† By the way, your written English is excellent.†
Comment icon #24 Posted by comtess 5 years ago
Where am I getting small arms fire†from? It's in the article: According to Krech, the crew had managed to drive the creature away with small arms fire. - See more at: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/299948/wwi-submarine-was-attacked-by-monster#sthash.C4lARpNI.dpuf So no, I'm not going to revise my opinion on other people's comprehension skills. I'm sticking by my statement. You don't need to explain any terms to me. I fully understand what I'm reading.†
Comment icon #25 Posted by Marozi 5 years ago
As we've learned elsewhere the first source which so far could be tracked down was Sweeney's "Sea Monsters - A collection of eyewitness accounts". He wrote as citation from Krech: "Every man on watch began firing a sidearm at the beast. It had a hold on the forward gun mount and would not turn loose." So as far as I understand this sentences (English is my second language) and in view that Krech described before that the beast climbed aboard, they're indeed used hand guns. The arms of the creature are not mentioned in any way btw.
Comment icon #26 Posted by minera 5 years ago
It clearly states that small arms fire was used to scare off the creature. It does not however mention anything about the creature having 'small arms' or ANY arms for that matter. As for so called eyewitness accounts they tend not to be reliable even in the court of law and people tend to make their stories more exciting by adding to to it. English is also my second language and read and write in my native language as well as English.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Marozi 5 years ago
Krech died either in May 1918 (War diary UB-85) or March 1919 (www.ubootarchiv.de/ubootwiki/index.php?GŁnther_Krech&oldid=35449) as war prisoner. As far as I was able to find out the British press only sparly mentioned the incident months later as Mr Peat was honoured. Not one sentence about a sea monster and even in war times, the press don't hesitated to do so. So the only further source for Mr Sweeney I theoretically can think of could be either the war diary of the ship which rescued Krech or a report he gave to someone during his few months of enprisonment. While the latter is a needl... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by ChaosRose 5 years ago
This is how much people love a sea monster. They mention giant squid and kraken, and people take†sidearms to mean small arms.† It's kinda like what happens at Loch Ness when people see what is clearly just a pole in the water, and they imagine it has a head.† †
Comment icon #29 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
Just to say that the original article did mention the creatures' arms. This was a quote I pulled from it. †Under questioning by British forces he went on to describe how the ship's gunners fired at the mysterious creature's arms It can still be sen at the original article from 'The Sun' https://www.************/news/2006457/did-loch-nesss-saltwater-cousin-join-the-british-war-effort-by-sinking-german-u-boat-ub-85-in-1918/† Which I believe was the original source quoted, but I may be wrong. I believe the reason it changed to the more coherent version from 'The Telegraph' is because this site, a... [More]


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