A U- BOAT IN THE MARSH?

Boating NZ - - Boatworld - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY DAVID EIGH­TEEN

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.

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