View Full Version : Mystery boat in the Foyle

18th Apr 2012, 07:17
Foyle wreckage may be German U-boat. BBC NI.
Can't do the link thing but do any of you naval types care to hazard a guess at what this may be.

18th Apr 2012, 07:33
Foyle wreckage may be German U-boat - Northern Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/foyle-wreckage-may-be-german-uboat-16146499.html)

18th Apr 2012, 07:38
Might have been part of Operation Deadlight (http://www.ahoy.tk-jk.net/macslog/OperationDeadlight.html), or one of those "sunk by the use of Aircraft, Gunfire, Torpedoes, and through the use of the Ahead Throwing Weapon Squid."

Wiki: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Deadlight) .....When Operation Deadlight was put into practice it was found that many of the U-boats were in an extremely poor condition as a result of being moored in exposed harbours while waiting for disposal.[2] Combined with poor weather this meant that 56 of the boats sank before reaching the designated scuttling areas........

U-Boat.net: Operation Deadlight (http://uboat.net/articles/84.html): .....Comparison of the planned disposal arrangements with what actually happened shows the scale of disruption wrought by the weather. Only two of the U-Boats were sunk by demolition charges, only seven by submarines and only 13 by aircraft. Of the remainder, almost 50% foundered under tow before they ever reached the designated scuttling area. These either sank directly or were sunk by gunfire, some of them in positions very close to the entrances to Loch Ryan and Lough Foyle. The remainder were sunk by gunfire, as it was far too dangerous to follow the pre-planned demolition procedure...........