WW1 Archaeology shock: German battleship sunk by British Navy found near Falklands



The Scharnhorst, an armoured battlecruiser and the flagship of Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee's East Asia Squadron, was sunk on December 8, 1914 during the Battle of the Falkland Islands, a crucial naval battle in the early days of the First World War.

The Falkland's Maritime Heritage Trust located the ruins of SMS Scharnhorst after a gruelling five year search.

Naval turrets are pictured on the deck of the sunken SMS Scharnhorst within the waters across the Falkland Islands.

Search leader Mensun Bound, said: "It is with mixed emotions that we announce the discovery of SMS Scharnhorst, the armoured German battlecruiser that was sunk during the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914". "We are as soon as quickly chasing shadows on the seabed, however when the Scharnhorst first seemed within the details dash along with the stream, there was as soon as shrimp doubt that this was as soon as one amongst the German rapid... she honest came out of the gloom with huge guns poking in every course". You might even see the impact crater. "We despatched down an ROV to discover and almost immediately we had been right into a particles area that mentioned 'battle". "We sent down an ROV to explore and nearly straight away we were into a debris field that said 'battle.' Suddenly she just came out of the gloom with great guns poking in every direction".

The Scharnhorst was discovered 98 nautical miles - a nautical mile is based more on the circumference of Earth - south east of Port Stanley at a depth of 1610 metres.

Working from the subsea search vessel, Seabed Constructor, the search operation involved the deployment of four Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), exploring a search box of approximately 4,500km2 of seabed.

One other picture reveals the armaments nonetheless intact on board the wreck of the Scharnhorst.

The wreck was discovered after a five-year search. The Royal Navy launched a pursuit and, despite the lead of the Germans, caught up with them and engaged them. At the end of October 1914, they operated off the coast of Chile.

Even supposing two German ships escaped, the British victory was as soon as decisive and the East Asia Squadron was as soon as now no longer reformed. In November 1914, a German naval fleet, who were under the command of officer Maximilian von Spee, overpowered the British Navy off the coast of the Falklands.

A total of 1,871 German seamen lost their lives within the battle, including von Spee and both his sons.

The battlecruiser Scharnhorst sank on December 8, 1914, with more than 800 crewmembers on board, including German Adm. Maximilian Graf von Spee.

'Just like the hundreds of different households who suffered unimaginable loss in the course of the First World Battle, we bear in mind them and should make sure that their sacrifice was not in useless'.

The shipwreck was not touched during the search operation and the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust wants the site to be formally protected by law. "The search began on the centenary of the Battle in December 2014 but was initially unsuccessful".

Donald Lamont, Chairman of The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, said: "It is less than a month since Remembrance Day, when we commemorated the millions who died in the First World War and subsequent conflicts".

Seafloor searchThe wreck of the World War I German battlecruiser Scharnhorst was found beneath more than 5,000 feet of seawater near the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. The search we organised had as its goal the finding of all ships of the German squadron, in order that we could be taught extra concerning the Battle and commemorate all who perished in it.

'The location of the wrecks can now be protected.

'The Battle of the Falklands is commemorated yearly on eight December within the Falkland Islands.

'Our goal is that the movie needs to be made obtainable to the Historic Dockyard Museum in [Port] Stanley, the place it and accompanying data might be obtainable for Islanders and for the hundreds of tourists who come to the Falkland Islands yearly'.

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