WWI German U-boat found sunk off Netherlands
A German U-boat of the same era as this one, photographed in 1916, has been found off the coast of the Netherlands.
March 16th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

WWI German U-boat found sunk off Netherlands

Dutch researchers found the wreck of a World War I German submarine in 2009 but kept the discovery secret until this week, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported.

The crew of the research ship HNLMS Snellius hoped they'd found a Dutch submarine that disappeared in 1940, but the vessel turned out to be much older. A brass plate indicated the sub was the German U-106, which sank during World War I, the radio report said.

The announcement of the discovery was delayed while German officials confirmed the sub's identity and sought out relatives of crew members, according to the radio report.

A Dutch navy spokesman told Radio Netherlands the U-boat would not be raised but would be designated a war memorial.

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  1. U-Boat Skipper

    My balls hurt.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      you should lay off the tea bagging. There seems to be a fair amoiunt of it in this forum.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      Do you mean U balls hurt?

      March 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      Chumlee, I just laughed so hard my balls hurt too. Maybe that's what happened to the Skip.

      March 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fundies

    John, me slats and kevin mcg hou have formed a club, we have jackets and there is nothing sad about our gang. we have major fun and know how to relax. You guys should join us and get rid of the tension.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica

    All of you people make me sick. This article is about a historic find and the brave souls who died fighting for their country. You all have turned it into a mockery! Republican or democrat, conservative or liberal...who really cares who you all are? Really? It makes no reference to this. May those soldiers rest in peace.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      Hey dummy, they weren't soldiers. They were on a BOAT. They were mariners or seamen.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike l

      What's long, round and full of seamen? A U-Boat.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      If they haven't rested in peace yet, they ain't gonna..

      March 17, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fundies

    Thank you for calling me Sir. I am honored.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Huh?

    So.. let me get this straight. A story about the discovery about a 94 yr old sunken german sub has kicked off a discussion (?) about American politics and whether Fox news is a valid source? I could see some imperialists out there wondering what happened to the good ole days but Really?

    March 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      For a minute I thought you typed "drunken" German sub.

      Probably true either way. Maybe it was the same guy piloting this U-Boat that crached the Exxon Valdez.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rupert

    From the looks of the photo it appears they died when their ship fell off the edge of the earth?

    March 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JOe

    They should raise it and sell it to the Columbians to use for smuggling drugs to moronic Americans to shove up their noses...

    March 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. krozareq

    Gotta hand it to those sailors. A WWI-era U-boat was not a fun place to be and many of them ended up on the bottom of the ocean.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jessica

    Chumlee they may be mariners or seamen, but they are soldiers as well. Peahead!!!

    March 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      Try calling a sailor a soldier or a Marine a soldier OR a sailor.

      The branches of the service all have distinct designations for the members:

      Air Force are airmen
      Marines are Marines
      Navy are sailors
      Army is soldiers

      March 17, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Green

    You guys have just given me 10 minutes of pure laughter! Love all the funny comments going back and forth!

    March 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. unterSeeBootsman

    SP wouldve shot n skinned it
    Maybe made a stew with root vegetables
    Germans have big wieners

    March 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tin Foil Turban

    If you were all history majors, well educated and have the abillity to relate the only comment here or anywhere would be IMPEACH OBAMA. I guess no one learns from history, sad :-(o

    March 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stuart

    first(semi) successful attack was by the u s's Turtle in New York Harbor during rev war

    March 20, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    What I want to know is what does Sarah Palin have to say about this? ;-)
    Seriously, it is cool that they found the sub. I would assume that it is entirely flooded by now but it would be interesting to know what it's overall condition is.

    April 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
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