WWI Submarine Found off Jutland

By MarEx 2016-08-19 19:06:41

A Danish expedition has found the wreckage of a German submarine from World War I.
The wreckage was found around 10 kilometers (six miles) off the west coast of Jutland, Denmark. It includes 18 intact mines and six torpedoes, according to the diving expedition firm, JD-Contractor, that found it.

The submarine is reported to be UC-30, but this is yet to be confirmed by the Danish Maritime Authority.

UC-30 was a German minelaying submarine used during World War I. The U-boat was ordered in August 1915 and commissioned the following year. In four patrols, UC-30 was credited with sinking five ships, either by torpedo or by mines laid. UC-30 was mined and sunk off Horns Reef on April 21, 1917.

In June 1917, the remains of a man in German uniform were washed ashore in Bjergehuse, Denmark. The remains were buried at the local parish and later identified as the captain of the submarine, Kapitänleutnant Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Maximilian Stenzler. In November that year, Stenzler’s remains were returned to Germany and buried in the family grave in Stralsund.

The Danish Ministry of Defence will now assess what to do with the unexploded ammunition on board the wreck.

General characteristics

Class and type: German Type UC II submarine
Displacement: 400t surfaced, 480t submerged
Length: 49.45 meters (162 feet 3 inches) o/a
Beam: 5.22 meters (17 feet 2 inches) o/a
Draught: 3.68 meters (12 feet 1 inch)
Propulsion: 2 × propeller shafts, 2 × 6-cylinder, 4-stroke diesel engines, 2 × electric motors
Speed: 11.6 knots surfaced, 6.7 knots submerged
Range: 9,410 nautical miles at 7 knots surfaced, 53 nautical miles at 4 knots submerged
Complement: 26