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Nazi submarine wreck found off Norway

The Local · 26 Mar 2013, 10:10

Published: 26 Mar 2013 10:10 GMT+01:00

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The "U-486" was torpedoed and broken in two by a British submarine in April 1945 shortly after leaving the western Norwegian town of Bergen, according to Arild Maroey Hansen of the Bergen maritime museum.

There were no survivors, as all 48 men were dragged to a watery grave.

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Lying at a depth of some 250 metres (820 feet), the wreck was found when Norwegian oil company Statoil was scouting the area as a possible location to lay down an oil pipe.

"The submarine had a special coating on the hull. It was a synthetic rubber coating designed to significantly reduce its radar signal," Maroey Hansen told Norwegian public radio NRK.

The "U-486" lies some two kilometres from the German "U-864" submarine, which was also sunk in 1945 with dozens of tonnes of mercury on board, a dangerous cargo which has caused concern for years.

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Politician and experts have been examining how to best limit the environmental risks posed by the mercury, hesitating between whether to lift the wreck – it is also broken in two parts – or to cover it in a hard sarcophagus.


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13:41 March 28, 2013 by ErnestPayne
Both entombing and raising the wreck have serious problems. Personally I would vote to raise the wreck before their is further deterioration.
14:49 March 28, 2013 by BadHomburg1963
The submarine is not NAZI. The submarine was made by Germans. It is a German submarine. The Nazis are a political ideology. You would not say a plane or a ship is Communist or Democrat or Republican.

It is a world war II era U-boat. Please stop looking for reasons to call everything in Germany's past NAZI.
16:04 March 28, 2013 by aslanleon
I'm with BadHomburg. My father was a refugee from the Nazis, too. The submarine crews were honorable men fighting for their country, not depraved Fascist bullies. Give them their due. Mind you, never slack off denigrating the National Socialists but lay off calling Germans Nazis.
07:53 March 29, 2013 by Dyderich
Heil Idiots! Javohl everything in Germany is Nazi to you stupid people....We even have Nazi flowers, animals and geography.

Please learn history and correct your idiocy with knowledge, else we can always say: Look at those Communist Ural Mountains, Capatilistic Mount Rushmore, etc. People need to figure out what the names are without always finding a nice little tag on them.

The submarine in question would be KRIEGSMARINE or for you non-Germans that is the World War II version of the German Navy (now just called MARINE in today's time).
03:15 March 30, 2013 by RainerL
I agree with comment 1 and 2 It is not a Nazi Relic but a German U Boat. The Title should be changed as it is politicaly incorrect. Funny haow things are often overstated to relate things to the worse or to the best. Anything for impact by the Media. I wished they get it right and stick to the reality of things.

Raising this Old Tomb of a Submarine brings about environmental concerns. Having found it in the first place is at least a good thing. There may still be fuel in this Vessel tha would need to be pumped out. If lifted , the U Boat could break up and Fuel could mix in to the Waters and then spread to the Shores affecting wild life. It all needs to be assessed carefully and I am certain they will look in to all aspect of things.
02:33 April 1, 2013 by VonArnold
Yes stop calling everything Nazi unless it was Nazi Like Hitler and his henchmen or the SS, the war was fought by good and in most cases honest Germans in a German military ,Navy ,and Luftwaffe Thousands died for their country not for the Nazi doing what they had led to believe was right by a pack of Far right wing extremists that some countries have today.

As for the contaminated Sub, encase it then pump it dry so that it never cause anyone any further trouble. the value of the Mercury will cover the costs.
18:12 April 1, 2013 by burito
Respect for the brave man who fought for their country...Rest in peace...
20:27 April 6, 2013 by GerhardF
My Friends,

Am originally fromVienna Austria, came to America probably before many of you were a gleam in your daddies eyes! 1947 :O) My father was a pilot in the Luftwaffe, fought for his country as did many others, was killed winter of 44.WAS NOT A NAZI!!! Too many times I see anything concerning the German military,by calling them NAZIS!!

08:04 April 8, 2013 by Hendrich Stein
The "U-486" lies some two kilometres from the German "U-864" submarine, which also lies with submarines U-487, U-488, U-489, U-865, U-866, U-877...

However, we thought we were going to win then too but now we have the globe by the stones economically, and it isn't strike 3 yet.
08:39 April 8, 2013 by Wolfgang Fritz
This was not a Nazi U-boat, it was German one!

We had brave gallant German soldiers who would die for their motherland. How could they be called Nazis.

Prison guards were in the military too but they were more like German workers.

Look how the masses booed the mad man and even he was just a German Chancellor.

Enough with this Nazi nonsense already after so many hundreds of years.

Now look at that Photo, it isn't even a submarine, it is a Russian fishing boat!
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