The metal frame of a UC 61 can be seen about 100 meters (more than 300 feet) from the sand dunes of Wissant, France just down the coast of Calais in the North Sea, according to the news agency Agence France-Presse. The submarine ran aground on July 26, 1917.
Vincent Schmitt, a tour guide in the area, told AFP that “it is visible at low tide generally…because of the erosion we are experiencing.”
UC 61 is credited with sinking or damaging more than a dozen ships between November 1916 and July 1917, archives show. On July 26, the submarine apparently came too close to shore.
“We had high tide nets that were stretched between England and France to catch submarines and it strayed a little too close to the beaches.” Schmitt said.