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. Terry Cox

    Read your history. WW1 was NOT fought by the nazi's. Most of it was a family squabble started by Queen Victoria's offspring.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Quintus

    I hated it when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor

    March 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Starman

      Was it over then? Hell No!!

      March 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Starman

    If interested in this article, read "Shadow Divers" the story of a WWII submarine found by two American divers off the coast of New Jersey. This is a five star recommendation on Amazon. Very good. The real work is after the discovery, when they investigate the boat and trace it back to Germany and interview members of the crews' families.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TheBossIsOut

    They want to make it a memorial? Get real. They were the enemy.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Logan

    There was also a U-106 in WW2 that was sank as well, but they are completely separate events

    March 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DaveL

    This was a very interesting find from another time in history. But it is concerning how little some know about history...Maybe that is why we Americans keep making the same mistakes. Perhaps we should stop funding wars and make funding for education our number one priority.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ethernet

    Hmmmm, according to this site http://www.uboat.net/boats/u106.htm
    The 106 was launched in 1940 and was sank in 1943. That would make it WWII boat, according to uboat.net. I wonlder who is correct?

    March 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu

      No, it was not uncommon for a boat to be assigned a number of another boat that was no longer in commission. This was also common in airplanes of the US Army in WWII. I found this out when I was reading about a plane that they thought was one of the missing ones from the BIG incident in 1945/46? in Florida, when a squad of 5 bombers disappeared and then the search craft sent after them also disappeared. A few years back, they found a bomber from that era in the near vicinity with the same identification number. It turned out to not be one of the mystery missing crafts, but another that crashed in the ocean years later.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SM U-106

      I believe that this is actually SM U-106 , which went down in 1917.
      That is how it is reported elsewhere:

      March 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      For example Uss Wahoo SS-238 which sank in world war II they named another one USS Wahoo SS-565

      March 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Crunch

      "Rubber Duckie...you da one...rubber duckie...got my U-Boat."

      March 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mustang95

      Ye, gods! Look at the size of that thing! My Pontiac was bigger. No way would I want to take on a World War One battlewagon inside that thing...

      March 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sgt. Schultz Says.....

      "Mein Kap-e-tan..I left the hatch open & we're sinking!"

      March 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • House of Orange

      This U Boat is most certainly ww1 vintage. It is possible a 106 existed in ww1 & ww2. If not....your website info may be wrong.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • House of Orange

      Whatever it was....they where all very brave men.

      Today, Germany has the best U boat technology they built a 100% silent predator. I would build a large submarine fleet rather than a surface fleet.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike l

      You can tell by the size that this was from WWI. Second war U-boats were much bigger.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRH

      Stu – what kind of "identification numbers" are you talking about? US military aircraft have a unique serial number that is never re-used. The AAF/USAF and USN use different systems, but no number is ever repeated, since (in the case of the USAF) they are based on fiscal years, or (in the case of the USN) a consecutive numbering system.

      March 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thukydides

      There were three U-Boats designated U-106:


      March 21, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Fundies

    was this u-boat involved in the bombing of Pearl Harbor?

    March 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watsa Matta U.

      I doe no. It's'a notta my boat. Is it a U-boat?

      March 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      Yes it was. My great uncles sisters brothers nephews friends mothers father knew a person who thinks they met someone who stated unequivocally that this could be true. So I believe you are correct. No I am certain that you are probably right.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      I could tell by the flag and party lights strung between masts.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin mcg hou

      it's not a my boat, is iot a u boat??? LOL LOL my god that is so funny!!!!

      March 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      I hope not. But if it was and there are any survivors on it, we should try them for war crimes!

      March 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Considering this is a WW1 u boat I would think no...

      Now slap yourself...

      March 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Wrong war sailor!

      March 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      And wrong country, sailor!

      March 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      Wrong country
      Wrong War
      Wrong decade

      March 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      sounds like a question for Tea Party GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. surely with her keen knowledge of history, she would be the one to ask.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gutten-tag

      I have it on good authority from a Mr. Belushi, that yes, in fact this U-Boat WAS involved with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It went through a time-warp while commander Kirk was piloting it back in time to save whales. FOX News just flashed this on their program.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • winter059

      The Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
      Don't stop him...he's on a roll....

      March 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willip

      Kaiser Wilhelm must pay!

      March 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • House of Orange

      If you believe in American propaganda it propably did!

      March 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fundies

    I think Germans are cool.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      Yeah, and they talk funny.

      (Use your Arnold voice) Get down! Give me your hand!

      Ok, ok, I know. Arnold is Austrian, but still.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fundies

    I wonder if it was a yellow u-boat? Guess the song wouldn't be as good if it was a u-boat instead of a sub.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      Yeah, plus they didn't really live there............they died.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      Damn Chumlee, that's right. We could always go with the Subway five dollar footlong jingle.

      March 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Colin

    What an epic find. Too bad the news was released a bit too late for our last surviving WW1 veteran to have had a comment on it.

    Some of the idiots posting on this thread sound like they're ready to go off to war and re-fight the Nazi hordes. What's the point? You can't bring any of them back to smack around again and why would you? We're supposed to have learned that war isn't the answer because of the two World Wars yet it's clearly the USA's largest export when you consider how many Billions of US Taxpayer dollars have gone to prop up Israel, Mubarak's Egypt, and the Iran/Contra scandal.

    It's time for a change. WE should ALL look at this submarine and wonder HOW we ever let it continue. We have submarines now that can launch nuclear missiles. Again, what's the point?

    March 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sixoh

      Wow. Someone is very angry with his own country that gives him freedoms to say dumb things. How about the BILLIONS ol' what's his face gave to his wall street and union thug buddies in 2008 and '09? HMM??!!?
      "Not in My Back Yard"

      March 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I agree with you Colin. Sixoh, stay drunk in your trailer, keep your mouth shut and your gun up your butt.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      Wow! I'm in awe of the insight from one obviously so young yet so knowledgeable.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slats

      Oh and by the way we have had subs that can launch nuclear missles for 50 years.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      May I remind you there could still be survivors of world war I in Germany. Frank Buckles who just passed was a
      US world war one Vet.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SlayFalseGod

      W W 1 had no Nazi's dude

      March 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • usarnaem

      Sixoh: Are freedoms really freedoms if someone gives them to you?

      March 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fundies

    i'd swear that guy on the end of the boat was chugging a beer. Those silly germans and their beer.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sixoh

      Maybe he's yodeling thru a loudspeaker?

      March 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fundies

      Nope. It's beer. I am sure of it. Nobody holds a loudspeaker like that.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      DAS BOOT!!

      March 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • kctoons

      Obviously he is the originator of "Can you hear me now?"

      March 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fundies

    the guys in the middle look like they are having distance peeing contest.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      They're playing swords.

      March 17, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. marsto

    The Germans are OK because the rest of the world is smart enough not to let them have nukes.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chumlee

      Yeah, but what about the French?

      March 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fundies

    99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer....

    March 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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