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Scuba DivingDivers Find Missing British WW2 Sub Off Danish Coast

Divers Find Missing British WW2 Sub Off Danish Coast


Divers recently found a British submarine that was sunk by a German armed merchant ship in the North Sea in 1940.

HMS Tarpon, an 84-meter/276-foot-long submarine, was sunk following an attack on the armed German merchant vessel Schürbek on April 10, 1940. All of the Tarpon’s 59 crew perished.

The sub was found at a depth of 40 meters/131 feet off the coast of Thyborøn, Denmark last March. Maritime history buff Gert Normann Andersen, founder of local company JD-Contractors that usually searches for World War I sunken ships — particularly those from the Battle of Jutland — along with British submarine specialist Innes McCartney, subsequently dove down to the wreck site.

Normann Andersen, who manages a maritime history museum in Thyborøn specializing on the World War I Battle of Jutland, told the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten:

“Tarpon is an unusual find, especially so close to Jutland. It was a very special feeling for us to see the submarine wreck after its dramatic end.”

Check out 3D sonar scans of HMS Tarpon in the video below.

HMS Tarpon

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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.