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Thanks for the link, great story!
I like this part;
Sonar operator Garry Kozak said he spotted the 252-foot submarine during the second of an exhausting two days of searching.
To find the wreck in just two days is incredible! Other wreck hunters must be envious.
Posted: Nov 30 2012, 01:06 PM
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The coolest wreck I've seen so far of a u-boot is an extremely rare late war flak variant of the Type VIIC ( U-676) which had a custom bathtub shaped (and very ugly) platform surrounding the conning tower and at each end of the square platform was a large calibre flak gun. The idea was that this variant was supposed to be an escort for wolfpacks while surfaced so that they had a fair chance against ever increasing allied air superiority. This was the one of about 5 U-FLAK vessels made and was registered as missing. Only one of the crew was ever found, the captain, Werner Sass, who's body had washed ashore in Finland. The wreck had been undiscovered until 2011 when found by a private Finnish film team who were looking for another missing submarine the U-479. Because of the location it sank (shallow water in the Finnish gulf) where temperatures are very low the u-boat has suffered very minor corrosion and is one of the best kept u-boat wrecks found so far, however it will not be explored within as it has been made a war grave. Apparently she was sunk by mines set by the Finnish mine layer Louhi which ironically was sunk by German mines 1 month earlier
The drawing I posted is the only ww2 document showing the U-676 with her bathtub like flak platform. The link shows a 3d diagram of the sub as well as some under water footage of it taken by the film crew
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