Polish explorers find long-lost WW2 submarine HMS Narwhal

The British Royal Navy’s HMS Alliance, the only surviving British WWII era submarine, stands in dock following a restoration project at The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport on April 3, 2014.

By Conrad Landin - iNews

The discovery of a Second World War submarine found at the bottom of the North Sea could mean that 58 mariners are finally buried.

Polish explorers believe they have discovered the wreck of HMS Narwhal. It is thought the mine-laying sub was sunk by the Luftwaffe in 1940.

The explorers said 3D radar scans show a vessel matching Narwhal’s profile 140 miles east of the Scottish coast. She appears intact below 308 feet of water.

Diver Thomas Stachura, a member of the Santi Diving group which found the sub, said: “We are very interested in any contact with HMS Narwhal staff relatives as it would be good to hear their stories.” The Poland-based band of deep-sea divers was searching for another sub, the ORP Orzel – meaning Eagle.

This was a Polish navy vessel which joined the British fleet after a legendary escape from Tallinn. She had been held there by the Estonian military at the instruction of the Nazis. But she was lost after a number of successful re-deployments in the North Sea.

The Poles have sought to recover her wreck for the past decade.

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