A U- BOAT IN THE MARSH?
British drone enthusiast David Eighteen was recently flying his unit over the Kent marsh in England and was dumbfounded when his camera picked up the wreck of a WW1 German submarine.
It turns out the wreck was first spotted in 2013 after a big storm rearranged the mudflats of the River Medway. Many German U-boats were brought up the Thames Estuary after WW1 for dismantling.
Researchers say this particular U-boat (thought to be UB122) was captained by one Oberleutnant zur See Alexander Magnus. He had surrendered at the end of the war, and the U-boat was taken to Britain. It was towed up the Medway to Halling where its diesel engines were removed and fitted to a local cement works.
In 1921, it was being taken back down the river, towards the Thames Estuary to be further dismantled, when its tow broke and it was swept ashore, coming to rest in Humble Bee Creek, near to the Isle of Grain, where it remains.
When launched in 1918 UB122 was one of the most advanced submarines of its time. A Type B III, coastal patrol submarine, it would have been outfitted with 10 torpedoes and a crew of 34.