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First WWI U-Boat Found Off Norfolk Identified: Submarine Sank in 1915

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By    |   Friday, 22 Jan 2016 12:20 PM

The first WWI German U-boat has been found and identified off the coast of Norfolk, England, where it went down in 1915.

U-31 left Germany on Jan. 13, 1915, on routine patrol and never returned, the Canada Journal reported. Though the submarine's resting place was first discovered in 2012 by windfarm developers, it took officials three years to confirm its identity.

"Unraveling the whole story behind the submarine has been fascinating," Charlie Jordan, a project director with ScottishPower Renewables, said, according to the Canada Journal. "It's heartening to know that the discovery will provide closure to relatives and descendants of the submariners lost who may have always wondered what had happened to their loved ones."

Historic England's marine archaeologist Mark Dunkley told Sky News that U-31 was commissioned by the Imperial German Navy in September 1914. It sailed from the northern Germany coastal town of Wilhelmshaven and never made it back.

"It is thought that U-31 had struck a mine off England's east coast and sank with the loss of its entire complement of four officers, 31 men," Dunkley told Sky News. "The discovery and identification of SM U-31 by ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, lying some 91 (kilometers) east of Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, is a significant achievement."

"After being on the seabed for over a century, the submarine appears to be in a remarkable condition with the conning tower present and the bows partially buried. Relatives and descendants of those lost in the U-31 may now take some comfort in knowing the final resting place of the crew and the discovery serves as a poignant reminder of all those lost at sea, on land and in the air during the First World War," he continued.

The BBC News reported that U-31 was one of 375 German subs that was part of its naval arsenal during World War I. The U-boat had a range of 8,000 nautical miles and could on war patrol for five days, but only had a 72-hour supply of air, the news website said.

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