U-boat wreck is dis­cov­ered

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - BRIAN READE -

SCI­EN­TISTS have found the wreck of a Ger­man sub­ma­rine sunk dur­ing the First World War.

The U-87 downed 23 Al­lied ships in less than a year and was fi­nally taken out by a Bri­tish sloop on Christ­mas Day 1917.

Its pre­cise lo­ca­tion was not known un­til now but im­ages show the U-boat in re­mark­able con­di­tion on the seabed off Bard­sey Is­land, North Wales.

It was found as part of a Ban­gor Univer­sity sur­vey, us­ing new tech­niques to map 168 ship­wrecks around the Welsh coast.

U-87 was a pro­lific at­tacker and was on its fifth op­er­a­tional tour.

On De­cem­ber 25, 1917, she at­tacked a con­voy in the Ir­ish Sea and tar­geted the 4812-ton Bri­tish steamship Ag­beri. The sub was spot­ted and sunk af­ter be­ing rammed.

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