On a moonlight night 150 years ago this month in the Civil War, the hand-cranked Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sailed from its moorings on the South Carolina coast and into the history books. It was to become the first submarine ever to sink an enemy warship. On Feb. 17, 1864, the Hunley sank the Union ship Housatonic as the Confederates desperately tried to break the Civil War blockade then strangling Charleston. While the Housatonic sank, so did the Hunley. The combat saw the submarine crew set off a black powder charge at the end of a 200-pound spar, sinking the ship before the sub itself went down. The remains of the eight-member Hunley crew would be recovered more than a century later. In April of 2004, thousands of men in Confederate gray and Union blue — as well as women in black hoop skirts and veils — walked in a procession with the crew’s coffins from Charleston’s waterfront to a cemetery in what was called the last Confederate funeral.
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Have you ever wondered how the world is connected by submarine cables for the internet and communications? Here is an interactive map that shows them for your viewing.
The wreck of a Soviet submarine lost during World War Two has been found in the Baltic Sea, 71 years after it sank, the Swedish Military said on Monday.
The Swedish Armed Forces said the submarine, believed to have been lost on patrol in late 1941, was found in the Swedish economic zone southeast of the Baltic island of Oland in an area which German forces had mined during the war.
“There is much to indicate that the submarine headed straight into the minefield while on the surface and was blown apart by a mine,” the military said in a statement.
On its website the military posted a video and still images of the wreckage, which had broken into two large sections.
The wreck was first reported by civilian divers during the summer months in the middle of this year. Swedish submarine salvage ship HMS Belos in the following months confirmed the find and photographed it, the military said.
Swedish authorities had informed Russia of the find in order to give family members and the Russian navy the opportunity to conduct a memorial ceremony at the site, the military added.
Several Soviet submarines sunk during World War Two have been found in Swedish waters over the years, it added.
This “Military” submarine that Iran is showing is a real side buster….it appears to be around 60 feet in length, a real lousy choice of color to hide it in the water and if you compare it to our Military subs then this is the size of a mid sized “research” sub…ours are two football fields in length..over 600 feet….I am sure our aircraft carrier and destroyer Captains are shaking in the boots…from laughter…
O-13, or Onderzeeboot 13, escaped from Holland during the German invasion in May 1940 to join the Royal Navy.
The boat failed to return from a mission in the North Sea in June that year.
O-13 is the only Dutch submarine lost during the war which has not been located and given war grave status.
The submarine initially served in the English Channel after joining the Royal Navy, where it helped protect the Dunkirk evacuation.
It was then sent north to join the 9th Submarine Flotilla based at HMS Ambrose in Dundee.
O-13 left the base on 12 June 1940, 24 hours after a message was sent from Norway suggesting the Germans were assembling a large force there to attack the east coast of Scotland.
The crew were tasked to patrol the waters between Denmark and Norway should the Germans make a move.
Lt Brian Greswell was one of three British crew on board O-13
However, neither the submarine nor her 31 Dutch and three British crew were heard from again.
Three scenarios have been proposed to explain the loss of O-13:
the vessel was accidentally rammed by another Dundee-based submarine on patrol in the same area, the Polish Wilk
the boat was the victim of enemy action
or the submarine passed through an enemy minefield which was only discovered in charts found in a captured U-boat in 1941.
Researchers believe it is most likely that the submarine was destroyed by a mine.
The Dutch Navy, in conjunction with North Sea oil and gas exploration firms, will mount a large-scale search for the wreck towards the end of September, concentrating on the area of the German minefield.
O-13 and her crew are now commemorated at the annual Dundee International Submarine Memorial service.
Among those who will attend the service at 11:00 on Saturday will be Mrs Gerda Veldhuis, daughter of Dutch crewman Cornelis Havenaar, and Cpt James Greswell, an Afghanistan veteran serving in 42 Commando, Royal Marines – the great nephew of British O-13 crewman Lt Brian Greswell.