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WW1 U-boat UB-85 attacked by seamonster?

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BerichtGeplaatst: 09 Jul 2006 7:18    Onderwerp: WW1 U-boat UB-85 attacked by seamonster? Reageer met quote


Yet another tale of a horrific encounter with one of ocean's many atrocities comes to us from a U-boat Commander and his crew in the midst of the first World War. Much like the event reported by U-28 in the North Atlantic a mere 3 years prior, the sailors aboard the UB-85 were in for an encounter which they would never forget.

The account begins on April 30, 1918, in the waning days of World War I, when the crew of the British patrol boat, the Coreopsis - while sailing off the Belfast Lough - were astounded to find a German submarine (the UB-85) floating lifelessly on the surface of the North Atlantic. The members of Her Majesty's navy were both perplexed and disconcerted by the discovery as they were not in the habit of encountering non-aggressive U-boats on the open seas, much less during the middle of the day!

With almost no provocation, the entire crew of the UB-85 abandoned ship. Once aboard the British vessel, the U-boat's commander, Captain Gunther Krech, was immediately interrogated. One of the first questions asked by the British officers regarded his decision to remain on the surface even when their obviously English vessel came within his UB-85's line of sight. Captain Krech's response was not one that his interrogators were prepared for.

According to Krech, his submarine had surfaced during the previous night in order to recharge its batteries. Krech was on deck with some men and a few of his officers, when there was an abrupt surge off the starboard bow. Suddenly, what the captain referred to as a "strange Beast" climbed out of the night blackened ocean and onto the side of his ship. Krech described the creature to his captors as such:

"This beast had large eyes, set in a horny sort of skull. It had a small head, but with teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight. Every man on watch began firing a sidearm at the beast, but the animal had hold of the forward gun mount and refused to let go."

Krech continued his story, stating that proportions of this creature were so immense that it forced the U-boat to list greatly to the starboard side. The captain, fearing that the open hatch would drop below the waterline (which would flood the sub and eventually sink it), ordered his men to continue their attack on this beast. The battle raged until the animal finally released the submarine and slipped back into its watery domain.

The crew of the UB-85, shaken, but glad to be alive, noted that during the struggle the forward deck plating had been damaged and the U-boat could no longer submerge. "That is why you were able to catch us on the surface," the Captain concluded. Krech and his crew's entire account was chronicled by members of the British Navy, only hours after the events took place. The official record of the event reads as follows in official reports:

"UB-85 Krech, Kplt Gunther April 30 off Belfast Lough Gunfire Sunk by the drifter COREOPSIS. Crew taken off before boat sank."

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BerichtGeplaatst: 09 Jul 2006 9:29    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Ik had dit draadje eerder onder mystiek verwacht. Smile
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BerichtGeplaatst: 09 Jul 2006 9:32    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

schater UB85 versus Predator schater

Op 30/4/1918 om 04.00 moest de onderzeeboot duiken voor Britse schepen, waarbij men tot de ontdekking kwam dat het torenluik niet dicht was zoals het hoorde en verplicht was om weer op te duiken met het gebruik van perslucht. Zodra het aan de oppervlakte kwam werd het beschoten door de Britse trawler Coreopsis II die de onderzeeboot trof in de toren, waardoor het schip nu helemaal begon te zinken en er bevel gegeven werd het schip te verlaten. De bemanning werd opgepikt door Britse bewakingsvaartuigen. GŁnther Krech stierf op 5 maart 1919 in Brits gevangenschap. Positie van het wrak : 54.47N 05.27W
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