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Germany's First World War submarine erupted in northern France



More than a century after it sank in the sand of a North France beach, a German submarine from the First World War has been upgraded.

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6 ran on the shore of Wissant, France in July 1917 due to heavy fog, and was flooded by the crew so it could not be used by allied forces. Over time, wind and sand buried the abandoned ship under the sea water. Now, two large parts of the roasted structure have become visible to residents and tourists just 330 meters from the beach and have become something of a local attraction.

Little is known about the century old German submarine, in addition to some elements of its battle history, and what became of its crew members. The UC-16 was responsible for sinking 11 ships during WWI, mainly from France and the UK. On its last trip it traveled from the village of Zeebruges, Belguim and headed to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer and La Havre in France to lay mines.

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  The German UC-16 ran ashore in 1917 and was flooded by the crew so that it could not be used by allied forces before abandoning them to French

UC-16 ran ashore in 1917 and was swamped by the crew so that it could not be used by allied forces before they surrendered to French
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But the UC-16 didn't make it far, running inland just north of Boulogne-sur-Mer in Wissant. When the crew realized that the ship was unforgivable, they quickly flooded and surrendered to French authorities.

The opinions of what will be of the wreck differ from the Wissant locals. Bernard Bracq, Mayro of Wissant, believes that this revival of the UC-16 will not be long.

"Wrecket is visibly short every two to three years, depending on the tide and the wind leading to sand movements, but a good wind splash and disappearance will disappear again," he told the BBC.

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Other historians and locals disagree.Wissant tour guide Vincent Schmitt argues that upcoming tides and wind can expose the submarine even more.This talked about the excitement surrounding the emergence of the UC-16 and what we should be able to learn from seeing more details in the historic ship.

"All Wissant's inhabitants knew there was a submarine here, but the wreck is

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"Parts return from time to time, but this is the first time we discover so much."


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