Skip to comments.Lost World War II warship discovered on seabed 80 years after sinking
Posted on 09/08/2020 12:54:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A German warship sunk by a torpedo during World War II has been found on the seabed off Norway, more than eight decades after it was attacked.
Statnett, the Norwegian state-owned power grid operator, made the astounding discovery of the lost Karlsruhe cruiser around 1,600 feet below sea level.
The vessel, which measures 571 feet long and still bears the Nazi swastika, led an assault on the southern Norwegian city of Kristiansand in the April 1940 invasion of the country. During the operation it came under fire from Norwegian artillery, was torpedoed by a British submarine and was finally submerged by the Germans themselves, according to a Statnett statement.
It would be a much bigger story if a warship sunk in WWII was found somewhere other than the seabed.
Like on the Moon!................
Günther Lütjens served as the ship’s commander from September 1934 to September 1935.
This Kreigsmarine cruiser was also sunk during the Norway operation, by a shore battery, no less.
....Close Encounters of the 3rd kind scene, ship found in the desert.
Submerged? Probable translation error as in general usage submarines submerge but with the intention of surfacing afterwards. Better choice would be SANK!
They probably mean scuttled.
Better choice would be SANK!
Better yet “scuttled” the word indicates the ship was sunk intentionally by it’s own crew.
Like in the Sahara Desert?
Full of gold?
You are right, “scuttled” is the proper ship-handler’s term, but ‘sank’ is better than ‘submerged’ (smile)!
Clive? Is that you?
Knowing how it will all end. That is the main thing.
Nazi base on dark side of moon...
On the return journey, Edinburgh was carrying 4.5 long tons (4,570 kg) of gold bullion back to the UK. The consignment, which had a value of about £1.5 million sterling in 1942 (adjusted for inflation to 2020 pounds, £70,424,755), was a partial payment by the USSR for the supplies of war material and military equipment from the Western Allies. In total the ship had 465 gold ingots in 93 wooden boxes stored in the bomb-room just aft of where the first torpedo - fired from U-456 - struck.
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