A U-boat Wreck Found North of Central Java, Indonesia

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A U-boat Wreck Found North of Central Java, Indonesia

Post by rendra » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:04 am

Archaeologist from the Indonesian National Archaeological Agency recently found a wreck of submarine at north of Central Java, Indonesia.
some significant items found in the wreck
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The wreck identification is still in progress, but some artefacts shows clearly that it's a German U-Boat. The wreck is largely intact. The dive team found same porcelain dining plates, cups, binocular, dive mask, shoes and skeletons of the sailors. The dining plates and cups has clear marks of Nazi zwastika logo and name of the producer: Jaeger & Co and Rieber Mitterteich, and year (of production?) of 1939 and 1941.
plate with nazi marking found in the sub wreck
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Based on internet archives, the wreck could be either the U-168 (sunk 1944), or U-183 (sunk 1945). The wreck length is 47 meters (total length should be 76 meter), and diameter (width) of 5 - 6 meters. The U-boat was sunk by torpedo hits.
torpedo hole?
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I got this info from the dive team leader of the National Archaelogical Agency and local news sources.

Photo credits: Indonesia National Archaelogical Agency and Republika Online Newspaper.

Please apologize if this post is not on the appropriate forum.
Diving wrecks in Indonesia? Let me know :)

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