Danton wreck found

Date: 27/03/2009

A French battleship sunk in 1917 by a German submarine was discovered in remarkable condition. The Danton, with many of its gun turrets still intact, is sitting upright in over 1,000m of water. It was found by the Fugro geosciences company during a survey for a gas pipeline between Algeria and Italy. The Danton, which sank with 296 sailors still onboard, lies 35km southwest of the island of Sardinia. Naval historians record that the Danton’s Captain Delage stood on the bridge with his officers and made no attempt to leave the ship as it went down. The French government is keen to see that the site is protected. The 19,000-tonne, 150m-long vessel was carrying over 1,000 men when it was attacked by Germany’s U-64 submarine at 1317 hours on 18 March, 1917. Patrol boats and a destroyer managed to save most of those onboard.

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