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U65 ww1 ghost sub?

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by majorwoody10, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. majorwoody10

    majorwoody10 New Member

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    my 10 yr old son was reading a book of ghost sories and brought my attention to the tale of a ww1 uboat the u65 ...the plainly jinxed boat was it seemed haunted and the german command was said to change out the entire crew 2 or 3 times to squelch the ghost stories, to no avail ......a google seach seems to bear out some truth to this sea storie.....any of you naval buffs ever hear of this...has it been myth busted ?
     
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    Check out uboat.net.See what they have to say.
     
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    Only problem is that it could be the UB-65 as well....

    http://uboat.net/wwi/boats/index.html?boat=UB+65

    UB-65 A German submarine

    In January 1918 the German U-Boat UB65 sailed into the English Channel looking for potential targets. The 'boats starboard lookout, standing on the conning tower, saw an officer standing on the deck just below him, even though all the hatches were shut apart from the one on the tower. He was about to shout a warning to the officer when the figure turned to face the lookout, revealing himself to be the ship's former second officer, killed in an explosion on UB65's maiden journey. His shouts brought the captain to the tower, and he also witnessed the apparition before it disappeared.
    UB65 was built in 1916, but only a week after work started on her, things started going wrong. A steel girder was being swung into place when it suddenly broke its chains and went crashing to the floor, killing one worker outright and badly injuring another, who died in agony two hours later.
    Things seemed to go well after that, but just before the ship was finished, three men were overcome by fumes in the engine room and died before rescuers could reach them. On her maiden voyage, UB65 ran into a storm, during which one man was washed overboard. Later, whilst undergoing diving tests, one of the ballast tanks sprang a leak, leaving the crew without any means of replenishing the air. Repairs took 12 hours, by which time the men were half dead with suffocation. On their return to port, the sub was taking on a supply of torpedoes when one of them exploded, killing the second officer and badly damaging the ship, which had to return to the dockyards for repair.
    A few weeks later, just before the sub was due to sail, a crew member ran into the wardroom shouting that the dead officer had just come aboard. Thinking the man was drunk, the captain and another officer ran onto the deck, where they saw another crew member cowering near the conning tower. In a quiet voice, he told the captain that the dead officer had walked up the gangplank and went to the bows. He had then stood there for a few seconds before vanishing into thin air..
    The ship soon got a reputation for being haunted, and nobody wanted to serve on her. Eventually the German authorities decided to put a stop to the stories and sent a commodore to investigate the matter.
    Sceptical at first, he questioned the entire ship's company, during which he became convinced that the stories were real and not just fancies. The sub was withdrawn from service, and whilst in dock in Belgium, a Lutherian pastor exorcised the ghost. UB65 then went back to sea with a new captain and crew. The captain refused to tolerate any talk of ghosts, threatening the crew with severe penalties if the ghost was even mentioned. The ship completed two tours of duty without trouble, but after the captain was replaced, the hauntings started again.
    During May 1918 the sub was cruising up and down the channel, and later the coast of Spain. A petty officer claimed to have seen an unfamiliar face enter the torpedo room, but when he went to investigate there was no-one else there. On one occasion, the torpedo gunner went insane, shouting that the ghost would not leave him alone. He jumped overboard and was never seen again.
    On July 10th, an American submarine spotted the UB65 on the surface and prepared to attack. Just prior to the torpedoes being launched however, UB65 blew up in a devastating explosion. When the smoke had cleared, all that could be seen was debris.
    She sank with all hands 34 souls.
    John Suffill

    http://www.nzghosts.co.nz/sea_ghosts.htm

    The wreck of UB-65
    http://www.channel4.com/science/microsi ... _more.html
     
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    To make the story complete:

    The boat that almost sank the UB-65....

    L-2 (SS-41) in Bantry Bay, Ireland, in 1918. A copy of this photograph in the collection of Vice Admiral Paul F. Foster, USNR (Retired),L-2's World War I Commanding Officer, has the following caption: "The L-2 in Bantry Bay, Ireland, after encounter with the German Submarine UB-65 on July 10, 1918 off Fastnet Light, Ireland, which resulted in the sunking of the UB-65

    http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08041.htm

    http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-u ... l/ss41.htm

    http://www.rddesigns.com/subs/jim.html

    This is also strange:

    Previously recorded fate
    Lost by premature explosion one of her own torpedoes on July 10, 1918 south of the Irish coast. In fact, UB 65 operated through at least July 14, when she sank the Portugese sailing vessel MARIA JOSE off Lundy island.

    What really happened on the 10th of July and how UB-65 met her end is unknown....SPOOKY :evil:

    It also means the L-2 is credited with a sub she didn't sunk! :wink:
    http://mark.thedeepstop.com/2006/07/19/ ... ed-u-boat/
     
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    I've read this story as well. Eerie, beyond question. Had I been one of her crew, I do believe that I'd have requested a transfer...and gone AWOL if I didn't get it! :wink:
     

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