Towards the end of the month of April 1918, during the First World War, the U-Boat UB-85 of the German Imperial Navy was patrolling somewhere off the Irish coast, searching for British or any other Allied commercial shipping to sink with its torpedoes. According to its captain, later under interrogation by the Royal Navy, UB-85 had surfaced during the night to recharge its electric motors when it was suddenly attacked by what he claimed to be a sea monster.
Although his crew had attacked the alleged creature with their firearms, it didn’t swim off until it managed to damage the U-Boat so that it could no longer submerge. They were later spotted by a Royal Navy sloop that scooped the German crew out of the water as their burning vessel slid under the waves. Nothing more was learned of the affair, other than little stories told by few.
Now, according to the International Business Times, the wreck of the unfortunate UB-85 has been found, along with perhaps the opportunity to ascertain for sure how it actually sank. Engineers working for Scottish Power on Western Link, a joint project with National Grid, accidentally stumbled upon the underwater wreckage of the WWI sub off the western coast of Galloway, Scotland while surveying the seabed for a place to lay down an undersea cable.
According to sonar imaging used by the engineers, the wreck, which would be a full century old, was remarkably whole and still recognizable in shape. Marine archeologist Dr. Innes McCartney is however a realist in his theory of the German U-Boat’s fate. The story told by UB-85’s Captain became the prominent account of what happened because the actual events regarding the sinking have been classified because of the military secrecy rules which kept the truth under wraps for 50 years.
Thus, now-declassified official accounts by the Royal Navy would suggest that the same patrol boat that found UB-85 and captured its crew was the one that attacked the sub and sank it.
One authority who does believe that something cryptic did have a hand in attacking the U-Boat is Gary Campbell, from the Official Sightings Register of the Loch Ness Monster. In his research, the area where UB-85 sank was a common spot of sea monster sightings throughout the history of the British Isles. So while it may be improbable that Nessie the Scottish lake monster was responsible, there still exists a possibility of a crypto-zoological encounter back in 1918.
UB-85 was part of the German Imperial navy U-Boat fleet that preyed on all ships sailing for England during World War I. Their discriminate attacks eventually led to American involvement in the conflict and victory of the Allies over Germany, but will lead to World War II in 1939.
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