U-boat from ‘Hitler’s lost fleet’ found 70 years after it sunk in the Black Sea

The closely encrusted wreck of a German U-boat, part of ‘Hilter’s lost fleet’ that sank in the Black Sea throughout World War II, has been found and captured on video as a part of a brand new documentary.

The U-23 submarine was mendacity 40 meters beneath the water floor, some 3.7 km (two nautical miles) off the value of Agva, a preferred resort vacation spot 97 km (60 miles) from Istanbul. The beautiful discover was made throughout the filming of a documentary produced by the Turkish public broadcaster and the nation’s navy.

The footage was made by the Turkish Navy’s TCG Akin, a ship meant to rescue submarines from misery, which has amongst its gear a remotely managed submersible with a digital camera, which may dive as much as 1,000 meters. The ROV captured first snaps of the long-lost hulk of the 280-ton, 40-meter lengthy U-boat.

The location of the U-23 was guessed in 2008 by the Turkish marine engineer Selcuk Kolay, however the discovery supplied a particular proof to his idea. Back in 2008, divers found the wreck of the U-20, one other submarine from the six-boat flotilla despatched to assault Russian warships in the Black Sea.

Both vessels had been a part of the six-submarine cargo from Germany to Romania at the starting of the warfare, which made the 2,000-mile trek to the Black Sea port of Constanta in items. The unorthodox supply methodology was compelled by Turkey, which was a impartial nation in the warfare and was obliged by the Montreux Convention to not permit warships by way of the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits.

Over the subsequent two years the flotilla sank dozens of ships – and lost three of their very own in motion – earlier than Romania switched sides in 1944 and the German captains had been ordered to scuttle the boats.

All six (U-18, U-19, U-20, U-21, U-22, U-23) have turn into generally known as “Hitler’s lost fleet” and impressed a sequence of underwater expeditions to seek out them.

The solely submarine that continues to evade the search efforts of each intricate gear and divers is the U-19. It is, nonetheless, believed that the vessel is hiding from highlight off the coast of northern Zonguldak province, at the depth of greater than 1,500 toes (455 meters).

The documentary is titled “Mavi Tutku” or “Blue Passion” is ready to come back out quickly, its director Hakan Aslan instructed the Daily Sabah.